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Peter Groff

Peter GroffPeter Groff joined the Johns Hopkins School of Education as a Visiting Fellow in the fall of 2011.

He is the former director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U. S. Department of Education. The center’s mission is to share the president’s and the secretary’s education agenda with nonprofits and community organizations, both secular and faith based, and to engage those groups in the implementation of the president’s and secretary’s education policies to heighten academic achievement for all children. The center also assists the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the implementation of its mission.

Before his position with President Barack Obama’s administration, Groff was the founder and executive director of the University of Denver’s Center for New Politics and Policy (formerly Center for African American Policy). In addition to managing these centers, Groff was a senior lecturer in the University of Denver’s Institute for Public Policy, the editor of the center’s Web sites, and the co-host of a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s political channel, POTUS.

Groff served as the 47th president of the Colorado State Senate and was the first African-American in Colorado to hold that post and only the third African-American in the nation’s history to hold the gavel as state Senate president.

Senator Groff, who was called the “Conscience of the Senate,” served in the Colorado General Assembly for nine years and passed landmark legislation prohibiting racial profiling, requiring booster seats for young children, creating visionary education reform measures, securing tens of millions of dollars to combat health disparities and crafting Referendum C, which generated billions of dollars for Colorado’s critical needs and infrastructure.

For his dedication of time and energy, Groff has been recognized with various honors and awards, including being picked as a “person to watch in 2008” by BlackAmericaWeb.com.

Born in Chicago, Groff was raised in Denver. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands (Calif.), a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Denver. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Regina C. Groff, who is the former pastor of the historic Campbell Chapel AME Church in Denver. Both are parents to Malachi Charles and Moriah Cherie.

Brown Bag Lunch

Groff recently spoke at a 'Brown Bag Lunch' event at the SOE, discussing charter schools. To watch his remarks, visit SOETalk.com