Michael Magee is the CEO of Chiefs for Change. Prior to working at Chiefs, he co-founded and was CEO of the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA).
Before starting RIMA, Magee spent 12 years teaching American literature and philosophy at Haverford College, Wheaton College and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2004, his book Emancipating Pragmatism, won the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Studies.
In 2007, Magee went on hiatus from academia to help found and direct Mayor Daniel McKee’s Office of Children Youth and Learning in Cumberland, Rhode Island. In 2008, he and Mayor McKee founded RIMA.
He is a 2013 Pahara Aspen Education Fellow and a Walton Family Foundation “Education Reformer to Watch.” Magee has a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the College of the Holy Cross and holds a doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania.