Deirdre Quarnstrom is Vice President of Education Product for Microsoft leading the teams responsible for tools, apps, and services to improve outcomes for learners worldwide. Prior to this, Deirdre served for three years as Chief of Staff in Xbox and created the program to bring Minecraft to mainstream education which now reaches millions of students and educators around the world. She also serves as a Director on the board of Block by Block, a non-profit partnership between Mojang and UN-Habitat that uses Minecraft to empower youth and women in developing nations. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, an MBA from Seattle University, and she completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in 2018. Deirdre, her husband, and their two daughters live in Seattle, Washington.