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Jack Markell

Former Governor

State of Delaware

Jack Markell served two terms as Delaware’s Governor, completing his tenure in 2017. During his time in office, Delaware’s job growth was the best in the region and one of the best in the country. Under his leadership, Delaware won the top spot in President Obama’s Race to the Top competition and the state’s high school graduation rate increase was among the highest in the country. Markell served as Chair of both the National Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association and as President of the Council of State Governments. He previously served for 10 years as Delaware’s State Treasurer.

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 a senior management position at Comcast Corp. and work as a consultant with McKinsey and Co.

Markell was born in Newark, Del., and graduated from Newark High School along with his future wife, Carla. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics and development studies from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Markell is a Henry Crown Fellow and a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He and Carla reside in Wilmington, Del. They have two grown children, Molly and Michael.