Punita Dani Thurman
Punita Thurman leads the Foundation’s education strategy portfolio as the Foundation's program director, and serves as executive director of Detroit Children's Fund. Thurman approaches education reform from a focus on human capital as a transformation lever. She supported the launch of TeachingWorks, an initiative housed at the University of Michigan School of Education focused on transforming teacher training nationally. She was also an adviser to the Michigan Future Schools portfolio of high schools. Thurman was selected to be a Broad Resident to work with the superintendent of Fort Worth Independent School District. During her time in the district, she led a variety of performance management and strategic planning initiatives, including the design and implementation of a $15 million performance pay and school transformation initiative, and oversaw the district’s department of Human Capital Development. Prior to joining the district, Thurman worked in the private sector for more than 12 years as a management consultant. She has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 firms and federal governmental agencies on human capital strategy, change management and organizational effectiveness. She holds a BBA in finance and management from the University of Michigan and an MBA focused on organizations and strategy from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In 2016, Thurman was named a PLACES Fellow, a program that supports education leaders’ efforts in integrating education systems in land and city planning.