Former New York City Department of Education Chief Operating Officer Veronica Conforme named EAA’s Interim Chancellor

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    DETROIT, Mich. — Veronica Conforme, a former New York City public schools leader who ran the

    operations of America’s largest school district, has been named Interim Chancellor of the Education

    Achievement Authority of Michigan by the reform district’s board of directors. Conforme has been an

    advisor to the EAA since January.

    Ms. Conforme served at the New York City Department of Education for over a decade, culminating in

    her appointment as Chief Operating Officer. She oversaw a $23 billion budget and 130,000 employees,

    directing organizational strategy, finance, technology, family and community engagement, fundraising,

    operations and communications. She was also Chief Financial Officer and the Deputy Chief Schools

    Officer, overseeing the day-to-day activities of the city’s 1,700 public schools.

    “During this time of transition, Veronica is the best candidate to lead the Education Achievement

    Authority of Michigan,” said Joyce Hayes Giles, chairperson of the EAA Board of Directors. “She is a

    proven leader with outstanding academic and administrative capabilities; she has a vision for improving

    the educational experience of every student and strengthening the professional development of our

    teachers.”

    Ms. Conforme is a relentless advocate for students and has spent years working to ensure that all

    students have access to a high quality education. Her past roles have included serving as Vice President

    for the “Access to Opportunity” campaign at The College Board. Ms. Conforme led a campaign to

    ensure that students from low-income backgrounds participated in Advanced Placement courses and

    enrolled in colleges equipped to succeed.

    “Veronica is one of the country’s most capable educational leaders. She has precisely the right

    experience and talent, coupled with an unwavering commitment to educate all children, to transform a

    struggling urban school system,” said Joel Klein, former New York City Schools’ Chancellor. Klein worked

    with Ms. Conforme at New York City’s Department of Education.

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