Deborah McGriff "was the first public school superintendent to join Edison Schools in 1993. She has held numerous positions at the company, including President of Edison Teachers College and Executive Vice President of Charter Schools.
"Prior to Edison, Deborah served as the first female general superintendent of the 200,000-student Detroit Public Schools. Crain’s Detroit Business named her newsmaker of the year for 1992. Before that, she was the first female assistant superintendent in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the first female deputy superintendent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
"Deborah is currently president of the Education Industry Association, the leading professional association of professional providers of education services. She is also an advisory board member of the National Council on Teacher Quality, a founder and national board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, founder and board chair of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, and advisory board member of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard University’s J. F. Kennedy School of Governance." 
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- Deborah McGriff, Edison Schools, accessed September 19, 2008.