President, Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative; Former Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, US Department of Education
James “Jim” Shelton is president of the Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative. He was most recently president and chief impact officer of 2U, Inc. Previously, Shelton was a deputy secretary at the US Department of Education and head of its Office of Innovation and Improvement, managing a portfolio that included most of the department’s competitive programs, including i3 and Promise Neighborhoods. He has been program director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, East Coast lead for NewSchools Venture Fund, and co-founder of school management company LearnNow. He launched, acquired, and operated education-related businesses with Knowledge Universe Inc. and was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company’s Atlanta office.