Elizabeth Berlin
Executive Deputy Commissioner
As the executive deputy commissioner at the state Education Department, Elizabeth Berlin serves directly under the commissioner. Berlin previously served for five years as the executive deputy commissioner at the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance before joining NYSED in 2012. She has also served as commissioner of the Department of Social Services for the County of Albany, and as health and human services coordinator for Albany County under then-County Executive Michael Breslin.

Cosimo Tangorra
Deputy Commissioner of P–12 Education
Cosimo Tangorra served as a school superintendent for 12 years before being appointed deputy commissioner for P–12 education earlier this year. The Office of P–12 Education oversees all prekindergarten through 12th grade programs in the state, and has diverse responsibilities such as assessment, curriculum and accountability for all grades.

Douglas Lentivech
Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Professions
Douglas Lentivech and his office oversee the licensing and discipline of more than 800,000 licensed professionals across the state, including New York doctors, lawyers and teachers. He joined the Office of the Professions in 1994 and has served in various positions, including assistant counsel. He previously served in 2008 as executive secretary for the state boards for respiratory therapy, speech-language pathology and audiology, occupational therapy and acupuncture before being appointed to his current position in 2011.

Nicolas Storelli-Castro
Director of Governmental Relations and Special Projects
Before becoming director of governmental relations and special projects at the state Education Department, Nicolas Storelli- Castro worked in both New York City and state government. In the state Assembly he was an education committee analyst until 2011, when he switched over to the New York City Department of Education to become director of state legislative affairs, a position he held for eight months. Storelli-Castro returned to Albany to become assistant to the executive deputy commissioner before taking on his current position. He has helped oversee the expansion of universal prekindergarten and preschool special education programs.

Donald Juron
Chief Financial Officer
Donald Juron, the department’s chief financial officer, has more than 30 years of experience with the state Education Department and began his career as an assistant accountant. Before becoming CFO in 2012, he served as director of financial administration for almost three years, a role in which he was responsible for the daily operations of the department’s central finance and grants management office, which includes RFP and contract development. More recently Juron has led the Race to the Top Project Management Office and the Office of Budget Coordination, helping the state utilize the $696.6 million granted from the federal government to implement the new Common Core standards.

Ken Wagner
Deputy Commissioner, Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Educational Technology
Ken Wagner oversees the systems coordination and implementation of the New York State Learning Standards— including the controversial Common Core standards. The office was created to coordinate the curriculum, assessment and educational technology services the state Education Department provides to public, nonpublic and charter schools, school districts and the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Wagner, a former middle school principal, joined the state Education Department in 2009 as a data director. He became associate commissioner at the Office Curriculum, Assessment and Ed Technology in 2010 before being promoted to commissioner in 2013.

Richard Trautwein
General Counsel to the Commissioner
Richard Trautwein provides legal counsel to enable the department to establish education policy and comply with the law. His more than 25 years of experience at the state Education Department follows previous work in the state Legislature in the mid-1970s on science legislation. After graduating from law school at the University at Buffalo, Trautwein went into private practice with a bankruptcy law firm in Rochester, where he was involved in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court; he won the case. He joined the state Education Department in the 1980s because he said he wanted to protect the interest of children.