Deborah McGriff, Ph.D., is a partner with the NewSchools Venture Fund in San Francisco, CA. Dr. McGriff focuses primarily on quality teaching and investment strategy and assists with management of portfolio ventures. Previously, Dr. McGriff worked as the executive vice president and chief relationship officer of Edison Schools. She was the first public school superintendent to join Edison Schools in 1993. At Edison, she held numerous positions, including president of Edison Teachers College and executive vice president of charter schools. Prior to Edison, Dr. McGriff served as the first female general superintendent of the 200,000-student Detroit Public Schools, where she successfully opened 25 schools of choice and expanded decentralization. Crain’s Detroit Business named her newsmaker of the year for 1992. Before that, she was the first female assistant superintendent in Cambridge, MA, and the first female deputy superintendent in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. McGriff is a former president of the Education Industry Association and both a founder and national board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options.