Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Managing Partner

Chicago CRED

As  managing partner at Emerson Collective, an organization dedicated to removing  barriers so people can live to their full potential, former U.S. Secretary of  EducationArne Duncan is on a mission to improve the lives of young  adults in Chicago. Through partnerships with local business leaders,  community organizers, and non-profit groups, Duncan aims to provide  outreach, therapeutic, education, and employment opportunities for the young  men most likely to be engaged in gun violence. Prior to joining the Obama  Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public  Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s  stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100  new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and  college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education  initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in  1987, majoring in sociology. AtHarvard he served as co-captain of the  basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.