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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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