Maribel Duran is the chief of staff at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In this role she works on amplifying and implementing the initiative's mission of increasing the Hispanic community's educational attainment through key partnerships, communication strategies and operational best practices. Prior to assuming this position, she served as a special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, managing administrative processes, prioritizing day-to-day activities and issues, assessing policies and research, and serving as a liaison for internal and external stakeholders.
With over 10 years of experience as an operations and administrative manager, Duran has been recognized for being pragmatic and tactful, a thoughtful partner and a dedicated public servant. She began her career in the Chicago Public Schools, first as an administrative associate in the Office of Technology Services in 2001, and then as executive assistant to Arne Duncan, the district's CEO at the time, from 2005 to 2009.
A second daughter to Javier and Esperanza Duran, Maribel was born and raised in Chicago. The family values, steadfast work ethic and cultural traditions her immigrant Mexican parents instilled in her and her two sisters have fueled her passion for education and for serving the Hispanic community. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English language and literature at Southern New Hampshire University, and is the mother of two children. She and her family reside in Falls Church, Va.