Angélica Infante-Green has served as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education since April 29, 2019. During her first year as commissioner, she instituted several major efforts to improve K-12 education across the state, most notably leading a comprehensive review of the Providence Public School District. She’s now leading the state intervention in the city’s schools to overcome decades of neglect and poor performance. Prior to joining the Rhode Island Department of Education, she served as the deputy commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support. Infante-Green began her career as a bilingual classroom teacher in the South Bronx. Since leaving the classroom, she has served in a variety of roles focused on improving instruction for all students, particularly multilingual learners. She held several leadership positions for the New York City School Department, and was a member of the first cohort of the Chiefs for Change Future Chiefs program. As a first-generation American, Infante-Green sees her first day as a teacher as a life-changing moment when she realized her personal calling. Having herself learned English in school, and as the parent of a child with special needs, she has fought to replace a “deficit” view with an “enrichment” view for students who need more. Infante-Green earned a master’s degree in education and school administration and supervision from Mercy College.