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Marc Sternberg To Lead Foundation's K-12 Education Reform Focus Area

Marc Sternberg

September 17, 2013 -- The Walton Family Foundation has named Marc Sternberg, senior deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, which serves more than 1.1 million students, to lead its largest investment area. As director of the K-12 Education Reform Focus Area, Sternberg will work with the Walton family, foundation staff and other partners to continue a vision for reform set by the foundation’s founders, Sam and Helen Walton.

Since 2010, Sternberg has served in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, beginning as deputy chancellor for portfolio planning. He now leads the division responsible for executing the city’s nationally recognized portfolio strategy and for unprecedented student achievement gains over the past decade.

Sternberg’s experience in education reform began with Teach For America, serving as a corps member at a South Bronx middle school following his graduation from Princeton University. After earning both an MBA and a master’s in education from Harvard University, he returned to the Bronx to open and serve as principal of the Bronx Lab School, one of the city’s top-performing open enrollment schools. In 2009, he was selected as one of 15 White House Fellows to serve a one-year post in the Obama administration. Working in the office of U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, he supported the development of the Race to the Top and School Improvement grant initiatives, two key elements of President Obama’s education reform strategy.

Sternberg will begin his role as director of the foundation’s K-12 Education Reform Focus Area on October 28. He will be responsible for working with the Walton family, foundation staff and other partners to set an investment strategy for a philanthropic portfolio that includes annual grant making of more than $150 million annually.