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De’Shawn Wright was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in November 2012 to serve as the Deputy Secretary for Education, the highest-ranking education post in the Executive Chamber of New York State Government. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing and implementing the Governor’s statewide education agenda, overseeing an annual budget of more than $20B and managing the administration’s collaborations with the State Department of Education, State University of NY, City University of NY and the Higher Education Services Corporation.

Prior to joining the Cuomo Administration, Wright served as the Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, DC, where he created a citywide birth to 24 strategy that included early education, K-12, post-secondary education and workforce development.  As Deputy Mayor, Wright’s portfolio included DC Public Schools, the Office of State Superintendent for Education, the Public Charter School Board, and the University of DC/DC Community College.

Wright previously served as the Chief Policy Advisor to Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and as a Policy Analyst in NYC’s Office of Operations under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Wright also held several senior management positions in the NYC Department of Education during the tenure of Chancellor Joel Klein and was a founding partner of the Newark Charter School Fund, launched with $20M from the Gates, Walton, Fisher, and Robertson Foundations in 2008.

Wright attended James Madison University as an undergrad and earned a Master in Public Administration degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in 2002. He has served on the board of directors for two public charter schools, NYU Wagner’s Alumni Association and Friends of the Island Academy in NYC, an organization dedicated to providing job training, counseling, education, mentoring, and leadership development to formerly incarcerated youth.