Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is joining the Emerson Collective, the philanthropic organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs to address improvements in schools, immigration, and other social issues, the Chicago Tribune writes.
He will lead an Emerson project that aims to create job opportunities for young black men in Chicago, where he headed the public school system before joining President Obama's cabinet. Mr. Duncan, who stepped down as education secretary in January, said rampant unemployment among young African-Americans is contributing to a rising tide of violence in his hometown.
Ms. Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, launched Palo Alto, Calif.-based Emerson in 2011. In September she pledged $50 million to a grant competition to develop new models for public high schools. Emerson also announced Thursday that it has hired Peter Lattman, deputy business editor of The New York Times, to serve as managing director of media, Politico New York reports.