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Mark Roosevelt

former state rep, D-MA

In July 2005, Mark Roosevelt was appointed superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, a district with over 32,000 students and 80 schools. Roosevelt began his career in government as a member of President Jimmy Carter's domestic policy staff. He subsequently became the executive director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston before being elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature. During his eight years as a state representative, Roosevelt served as the house chairman of the legislature's committee on education, and co-authored and steered to passage the landmark $40 billion Education Reform Act of 1993, which restructured the way Massachusetts funds and manages its public schools. In 1994, Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts. He most recently served as managing director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. Prior to that role he served as president and chief executive officer of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, a nonprofit economic development corporation that works with government, academic and private institutions to start and attract medical companies in the state. Roosevelt received his Bachelor of Arts in American history from Harvard College and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.