Ms. McGriff leads the Academic Systems Initiative at NewSchools Venture Fund. She has been committed to transforming the lives of underserved urban school students for almost four decades. Deborah was the first public school superintendent to join EdisonLearning in 1993 and previously served as the first female General Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools. Deborah currently serves on the board of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she also is an executive committee member, as well as founder and national board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Norfolk State University, a master’s degree in education with a specialization in reading pedagogy from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a doctorate in Administration, Policy and Urban Education from Fordham University.