Larkin Tackett is currently Director of Place-Based Initiatives in the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. His responsibilities including managing the Promise Neighborhoods program; developing the Department’s place-based strategy to leverage public and private resources to support comprehensive education reform in high-poverty neighborhoods; and leading the Department’s work on the White House Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) and Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives. Tackett began his career teaching eighth grade social studies and journalism with Teach For America at Eliza Miller Jr. High School in West Helena, Arkansas, a small town in the Mississippi Delta. Tackett served as deputy director of Promise Neighborhoods in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. His main responsibilities included drafting the Promise Neighborhoods funding competition, creating a framework to leverage and integrate resources from other Federal programs, and developing the Department’s strategy for school climate and community support. Tackett has an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA from Brandeis University.