OVAE Connection -- December 8, 2011
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OVAE Welcomes Generosa López-Molina

Generosa López-Molina recently joined OVAE on a detail through the Office of the Under Secretary. During her detail she has also worked at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and at the Office of Postsecondary Education. She will help develop national policy impacting U.S. higher education. Her work will contribute to, among other initiatives, the national college completion agenda; OUS’ higher education and lifelong learning strategic goals; and the continuum from early learning to two- and four-year institutions. She will focus on the role of leadership, challenges, opportunities, and institutional practices along this continuum.

López-Molina continues to serve as an academic administrator and dean for Lorain County Community College (Ohio). She has experiences in administrative leadership, partnership building and strategic development, and in facilitating international initiatives in institutions of higher education.

López-Molina holds a Master of Arts in education from Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago) and a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in leadership for higher education from Capella University (Minneapolis).

López-Molina has been involved with numerous educational organizations and associations at the local, regional, statewide, and national levels. She has presented at national education conferences. She has contributed to action research and analysis concentrated on urban poverty, social change, and community development through the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland). She is a native of Chicago.

OVAE Welcomes Mary Alice McCarthy

Mary Alice McCarthy recently joined OVAE’s Policy, Research, and Evaluation Service. She is supporting both an OECD study on CTE in the U.S. and work on the reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Act. Prior to joining OVAE, McCarthy worked in the Office of Workforce Investment in the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she specialized in improving training and employment services for adult and dislocated workers. She directed the Career Pathways Initiative, cosponsored by OVAE, providing technical assistance to nine states and two tribal entities. Through this initiative, she helped forge effective partnerships among employers and education, workforce, and human service agencies for developing and implementing career pathway programs. She also developed policy guidance and technical assistance activities to support the goal of increasing credential attainment rates among low-skilled youths and adults.

Prior to joining the federal government, McCarthy was the executive director of the Riecken Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to increasing access to information in developing countries through establishing community libraries. She oversaw the establishment of 63 libraries in rural communities in Central America, each providing free public Internet access and educational programs for children, youths, and adults.

McCarthy has a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina. At Harvard, she was the 2009 fellow in philanthropy at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, where she conducted research on the role of philanthropic organizations in supporting innovative approaches to workforce development and adult education.

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