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The Hon. Jack Markell

Operating Partner, Education


The Hon. Jack Markell is an Operating Partner in the Education Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.

Governor Markell served two-terms as the State of Delaware’s governor, where he focused on economic development, education and workforce training as top priorities.  Markell also focused on running state government efficiently and effectively, keeping the state’s AAA bond rating while reforming Delaware’s health and pension systems to make them more sustainable over time.

He was elected Delaware’s State Treasurer, winning three consecutive terms, where he worked to improve the lives of Delawareans through innovative programs aimed at cutting spending and improving fiscal responsibility.  He has been recognized in Delaware and across the country as a leader in promoting policies to help all people achieve their economic potential.

Beginning his career in the private sector, Markell helped lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel, where he served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development.  His other business experience includes senior management position at Comcast Corporation, as well as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and as an investment banker at First Chicago Corporation.

Markell received an undergraduate degree in economics and development studies from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He is a Henry Crown Fellow and a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Markel Foundation and Graham Holdings Company.

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