Detroit Regional Chamber Bio

Joel Klein

CEO, Education Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, News Corporation; Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

Joel Klein, an education visionary and proven leader of change, is the executive vice president of the Office of the Chairman at News Corporation, a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education and information services. Within News Corporation, he is the CEO of the Amplify Education program, a leading force in data-driven instruction and digital curriculum and assessment.

Previously, Klein served as the chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a system of 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget. During his tenure, he launched “Children First,” a comprehensive reform strategy that increased high school graduation rates in New York City by 40 percent.

Klein is a former chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc., a media company, and served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton from 1993 to 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and earned his law degree from the Harvard Law School.