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Zuckerberg and Chan hire education leader to run philanthropic effort

May 4, 2016
New York Times
Jim (James) Shelton III, MA/MBA '93, a former deputy secretary of education under President Barack Obama, will oversee efforts to promote personalized learning and to help close the academic achievement gap.
Natasha Singer

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, and Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician who is his wife, said Wednesday that they had hired James H. Shelton III, a former deputy secretary of the United States Department of Education, to oversee their efforts in education, in the latest example of former federal officials who are taking up jobs in Silicon Valley.

Mr. Shelton will lead the education component of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which Mr. Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan announced they were creating last year for their philanthropic and social entrepreneurship endeavors. The education work is focused on customizing learning for students and addressing disparities.

“When you think about philanthropy, the question is, ‘How can you be catalytic?’” Mr. Shelton said in a phone interview. “It’s a huge opportunity for transformational work.”

Read the entire story on The New York Times website. The announcement was made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Facebook page. Stories also were posted in the following media outlets: Edsurge, FortuneUSA Today and Forbes, among others.

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