Log In

Christopher David Cerf Edit Profile

city official , State official

Christopher David Cerf, American state official, former city official. Bar: District of Columbia 1986, Pennsylvania 1988, United States Supreme Court 1988.


Cerf, Christopher David was born on November 18, 1954 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. Son of Jay Henry and Carol Montgomery (McGovern) Cerf.


Bachelor, Amherst College, Massachusetts, 1977. Juris Doctor, Columbia University, New York City, 1984. Graduate, Broad Union Superintendants Academy, 2004.


Law clerk to Honorary J. Skelly Wright United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit), 1984-1985. Law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor United States Supreme Court, Washington, 1985-1986. Associate, then partner Onek, Klein & Farr, 1986-1991.

Partner Wiley, Rein & Fielding, 1991-1993, 96. Associate council to President The White House, 1994-1996. Executive vice president, general counsel Edison Schools, Incorporated, New York York City, 1997—1999, general counsel, chief operating officer, 1999—2000, chief operating officer, 2000—2002, president, chief operating officer, 2002—2006.

Deputy chancellor for strategy & innovation New York City Department Education, 2006—2009. Senior policy advisory to mayor New York City, 2009—2010. President, Chief Executive Officer Sangari Global Education, 2010—2011.

Acting commissioner New Jersey Department Education, since 2011. Board directors Edison Project, Inc., 2000—2006.


  • Bar: District of Columbia 1986, Pennsylvania 1988, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1988.


Member: The District of Columbia Bar. Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.


Married Ann Morrell Rasmussen, August 2, 1980. Children: Nathan, Leah Grace, Will.

Jay Henry Cerf

Carol Montgomery (McGovern) Cerf

Ann Morrell Rasmussen

Nathan Cerf

Leah Grace Cerf

Will Cerf