Chief of Staff to the Secretary, US Department of Education
Joanne Weiss is chief of staff to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She joined the Education Department in 2009 to direct the Race to the Top Fund, its $4.35 billion program designed to encourage and reward states making system-wide, comprehensive education reforms. Prior to joining the administration, Weiss was partner and chief operating officer at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she focused on investments and management assistance for a variety of charter management organizations, human capital solutions providers, and academic tools and systems designers. Prior to her work at NewSchools, Weiss spent 20 years as CEO, and before that as vice president, for companies providing technology-based products and services to underserved students in K-12 and higher education.