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Michael David Warren, Jr.
Secretary, Michigan State Board of Education

Michael Warren was appointed to the Michigan State Board of Education by Governor John Engler in September 1999 for a term expiring at the end of 2002. Warren is the secretary of the Board and serves on the Board's executive committee. Warren is also the chair of the Board's Task Force on Embracing the Information Age. While serving as an appointee to the Board from 1995-1997, he played a major role in developing and drafting fundamental education reform proposals that were implemented into law and policy. He also provided legal counsel to Governor Engler and the Department of Education regarding education-related issues. Warren is the only individual known to have worked for the Board prior to serving on it.

Warren is also the executive director of The New Common School Foundation, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to create sustainable, replicable models of excellence in urban education. Warren also serves as the board secretary for Cornerstone Schools, a group of independent schools located in Detroit that, in partnership with student families, seeks to create centers of hope to prepare children for life by offering an excellent education within a nurturing learning environment that is supported by a broad, beloved, and committed community. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Michigan School Board Leadership Association, St. Ives Parish, and the Michigan Civics Institute.

An attorney by trade, Warren was previously a partner at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn, LLP, a nationally recognized law firm based in Detroit. While at this firm, Warren provided legal counsel and advice to a variety of public and private business clients. He concentrated in mergers and acquisitions (having participated in a number of significant acquisitions in various industries) as well as securities and other corporate transactions, including initial public offerings and private placements. He also has experience in litigation and appellate practice.

Before entering private practice, Warren served as a judicial clerk for Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley of the Michigan Supreme Court. He is a cum laude graduate from the University of Michigan Law School, and a magna cum laude graduate from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors History. In 1994 he was a candidate for the Michigan State Senate, receiving over 33,000 votes.

Most importantly, Warren is the husband to Shannon Marie Richey and the father of three year-old Leah Marie Warren. The family resides in Beverly Hills, in Oakland County.

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  • Embracing the Information Age in Public Education: An Interview with Michael Warren
    // Vision, November/December 2002