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The Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs serves as the liaison between the U.S. Department of Education and Congressional offices. Please contact this office with any questions, and we will be pleased to respond or connect you with the appropriate office.

Office of Legislation & Congressional Affairs
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-3100
Phone: 202-401-0020
Fax: 202-401-1438
Business Hours: 9:00am—5:30pm EST, Monday through Friday

Office Leadership

Lloyd Horwich
Assistant Secretary

Lucia Mendez
Confidential Assistant/Scheduling

Irma Esparza Diggs
Chief of Staff

Blanchi Roblero
Deputy Chief of Staff

Jodie Fingland
Principal Advisor for Legislative Affairs

Simone Hardeman-Jones
Deputy Assistant Secretary

Molly Petersen
Legislative Director

Legislative and Outreach Staff



Doris Dixon

Charter Schools, Technology, Promise Neighborhood, School Safety, Vocational Rehabilitation, Educational Research, Innovation

Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff

Outreach and Engagement

Rashage Green

Higher Education, Oversight

Scott Groginsky

Budget and Appropriations

Scott Prince

Higher Education

Blanchi Roblero

Nominations, Immigration, Office of Civil Rights

Taylor Stanley

Outreach and Engagement

Linda Wilson

STEM, Teacher and Principal Issues, Career and Technical Education, Impact Aid

Kim Zarish-Becknell

Preschool/Early Learning, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title I




Jerine Coley, Program Specialist

Congressional Correspondence

Andrea Drew, Program Specialist

Constituent Student Loan Casework

Allison Hester, Congressional Liaison Specialist

Grant Administration and Awards

Heidi Michael, Program Specialist

Freedom of Information Act Inquiries

Jules Rucker

Congressional Support

Executive and Administrative Staff

Paula Shipp, Executive Office

Last Modified: 12/01/2016