Josh Edelman is the Senior Program Officer for Empowering Effective Teachers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this position Edelman was the Deputy Chief, Office of School Innovation within the D.C. Public Schools system. His past position was that of Executive Officer in the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of New Schools. Prior to this he worked for the SEED Foundation, where he served as the Academic Program Advisor. He also served as principal of the SEED Public Charter School, the country’s only public urban boarding school, which serves grades 7 – 12. Mr. Edelman received a bachelor's degree in American history from Harvard University. After college, he taught and administered at Milton Academy before earning a master's degree in education from Stanford University. For the next seven years, he taught social studies at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California and directed RISE (Realizing Intellect through Self-Empowerment), a youth development program targeted at African-American youth. In 2002, Mr. Edelman completed the Prospective Principals Program at Stanford University, receiving an administrative credential and a master's degree in educational administration. He grew up in Washington, D.C., and joined SEED in July 2001. He has held both instructional and administrative positions in numerous schools during his career, and has served on the board of such institutions as the SEED Foundation and the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.