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Political Appointees at the U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Appointments Since January 2009

Senate-Confirmable and Presidential Appointments
NameOfficePositionAction Date
John B. King, Jr. Secretary Secretary confirmed 3/14/16
James Cole, Jr. General Counsel General Counsel, Delegated the Duties of Deputy Secretary confirmed 12/16/14
Lloyd Horwich Legislation and Congressional Affairs Assistant Secretary confirmed 7/14/16
Andrew Jackson Management Assistant Secretary appointed 4/7/14
Janet LaBreck Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner confirmed 8/1/13
Catherine Lhamon Civil Rights Assistant Secretary confirmed 8/1/13
Ted Mitchell Under Secretary Under Secretary confirmed 5/8/14
Kathy Tighe Inspector General Inspector General confirmed 3/10/10
Political Appointments
NameOfficePosition 
Mohamed Abdel-Kader Postsecondary Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education  
Carol Aguirre Career, Technical and Adult Education Special Assistant  
Wilson Aiwuyor Postsecondary Education Special Assistant  
Aaron Ament General Counsel Chief of Staff  
Ary Amerikaner Elementary and Secondary Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives  
Angelica Annino Secretary Director of Advance  
Jeff Appel Under Secretary Principal Deputy Under Secretary  
Jared Bass Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Sophie Bergmann Civil Rights Confidential Assistant  
Levi Bohanan Secretary Special Projects Manager  
Tia Borders Secretary Special Assistant  
Jessie Brown Civil Rights Senior Counsel  
Ruthanne Buck Secretary Senior Advisor to the Secretary  
Alejandra Ceja Under Secretary Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics  
Courtney Chappel Under Secretary Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  
Jay Chen General Counsel Senior Counsel  
Tanya Clay House Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education  
Cynthia Cole Under Secretary Senior Policy Advisor  
Keia Cole Deputy Secretary Chief of Staff  
Richard Colvin Communications and Outreach Managing Writer  
Leslie Cornfeld Secretary Director of Strategic Partnerships, Special Advisor to the Secretary  
Jacqueline Cortez-Wang Under Secretary Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics  
Jordan Cross Under Secretary Senior Policy Advisor  
Lea Crusey Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Erica Cuevas Under Secretary Policy Advisor  
Nadya Chinoy Dabby Innovation and Improvement Assistant Deputy Secretary  
Russella Davis Secretary Chief of Staff, Strategic Partnerships  
Cathy Del Duca Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Naomi Dennis Secretary White House Fellow  
Yuanxia Ding Under Secretary Chief of Staff  
John DiPaolo General Counsel Deputy General Counsel  
Libby Doggett Elementary and Secondary Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning  
Carmen Drummond Career, Technical and Adult Education Chief of Staff  
Maribel Duran Elementary and Secondary Education Chief of Staff  
Irma Esparza Diggs Legislation and Congressional Affairs Chief of Staff  
Jaye Espy Under Secretary Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities  
Gabriel Esquenazi Elementary and Secondary Education Strategic Communications Manager  
Keith Ferguson Secretary Director, White House Liaison  
Jodie Fingland Legislation and Congressional Affairs Principal Advisor for Legislative Affairs  
Kyle Flood General Counsel Deputy Chief of Staff  
Seth Galanter Civil Rights Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary  
Chrisanne Gayl Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Special Assistant  
Daniel Gaytan Career, Technical and Adult Education Policy Analyst  
Libia Gil English Language Acquisition Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director  
Laura Ginns Secretary Deputy Chief of Staff  
Brenda Girton-Mitchell Under Secretary Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
Allison Goff Secretary Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance  
Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff Legislation and Congressional Affairs Director of Outreach and Engagement  
Rashage Green Legislation and Congressional Affairs Director of Higher Education and Oversight Strategy  
Scott Groginsky Legislation and Congressional Affairs Director of Budget and Appropriations  
Simone Hardeman-Jones Legislation and Congressional Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs  
Blake Harden Under Secretary Policy Advisor  
Julie Heinz Postsecondary Education Special Assistant  
Steven Hicks Elementary and Secondary Education Special Assistant  
Kim Hunter Reed Under Secretary Deputy Under Secretary  
Anne Hyslop Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Susan Inman Secretary Director of Strategic Initiatives  
David Johns Under Secretary Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans  
Lucy Johnson Communications and Outreach Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach  
Jenni Katzman Deputy Secretary Senior Policy Advisor  
Robert Kim Civil Rights Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Operations and Outreach  
Melina Kiper Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Confidential Assistant  
Aparna Kumar Communications and Outreach Senior Writer  
Drew Lakin Elementary and Secondary Education Confidential Assistant  
Andy Le Communications and Outreach Senior Director of Digital Strategy  
Anna Leach Under Secretary Special Assistant, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
Helly Lee Under Secretary Special Assistant, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  
Matt Lehrich Communications and Outreach Communications Director, Delegated the Duties of the Assistant Secretary  
Kelly León Communications and Outreach Assistant Press Secretary  
Max Lesko Civil Rights Chief of Staff  
Mia Long Under Secretary Policy Advisor, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education  
Maxwell Lubin Deputy Secretary Engagement Manager  
Joseph Mais Under Secretary Special Assistant  
Greyson Mann Under Secretary Confidential Assistant, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
Marcus Markle Secretary Deputy Director of Advance  
Adria Marquez Communications and Outreach Director of Digital Content  
Alise Marshall Deputy Secretary Deputy Chief of Staff  
Philip Martin Under Secretary Director of Operations  
Frankie Martinez-Blanco Secretary Director of Scheduling and Advance  
Libby Masiuk Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Clare McCann Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Dexter McCoy Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Amy McIntosh Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Delegated the Duties of the Assistant Secretary  
Lucia Mendez Legislation and Congressional Affairs Confidential Assistant  
William Mendoza Under Secretary Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education  
Lauren Mims Under Secretary Assistant Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans  
Reeba Monachan Secretary Change Management Director  
Meredith Morelle Secretary Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff  
Michelle Moreno Under Secretary Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics  
Warren Morgan Secretary White House Fellow  
Melissa Moritz Innovation and Improvement Deputy Director for STEM Initiatives  
Ariel Murphy Elementary and Secondary Education Confidential Assistant  
Vicki Myers Elementary and Secondary Education Special Assistant  
Dorie Nolt Communications and Outreach Press Secretary and Strategic Communications Advisor  
Jon O'Bergh Under Secretary Special Assistant  
Lindsay O'Mara Communications and Outreach Deputy Assistant Secretary for State and Local Engagement  
Danielle Ongart Elementary and Secondary Education Special Assistant  
Helen Pajcic Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Chief of Staff  
Sonia Park Innovation and Improvement Senior Policy Advisor  
Alexis Perlmutter Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Special Assistant  
Joe Portnoy Communications and Outreach Special Assistant for Digital and Visual Media  
Ashlyn Profit Civil Rights Confidential Assistant  
Spiros Protopsaltis Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education and Student Financial Aid  
Jacek Pruski General Counsel Associate General Counsel  
Sujeet Rao Secretary Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff  
Christian Robinson Secretary Special Assistant to the Secretary  
Lesley Robinson Under Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Casidy Robison Under Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Blanchi Roblero Legislation and Congressional Affairs Deputy Chief of Staff  
Colin Rogister Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Maria Salciccioli Innovation and Improvement Strategic Advisor  
Melissa Salmanowitz Communications and Outreach Senior Communications Advisor  
Zoë Samuel Communications and Outreach Deputy Chief of Staff  
Marissa Sanchez-Velasco Communications and Outreach Confidential Assistant  
Jennifer Sattem Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Russ Shilling Innovation and Improvement Executive Director for STEM Initiatives  
Joy Silvern Secretary Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Programs  
Kathleen Sipe Career, Technical and Adult Education Confidential Assistant  
Joshua Skolnick Secretary Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships  
Joseph South Educational Technology Director, Educational Technology  
Stephanie Sprow Secretary Special Assistant  
Katrina Stevens Educational Technology Deputy Director, Educational Technology  
Sue Swenson Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education Programs  
Joaquín Tamayo Elementary and Secondary Education Director of Strategic Initiatives  
Angela Tennison Secretary Leadership Development Director  
Lul Tesfai Career, Technical and Adult Education Director of Policy  
Lauren Thompson-Starks Under Secretary Senior Policy Advisor  
Doua Thor Under Secretary Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  
Kate Tretow Secretary Deputy White House Liaison  
Johan Uvin Career, Technical, and Adult Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Delegated the Duties of Assistant Secretary  
Emma Vadehra Secretary Chief of Staff  
Daniel Vallone Innovation and Improvement Chief of Staff  
Eric Waldo Secretary Senior Advisor  
Ann Whalen Elementary and Secondary Education Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Delegated the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education  
Monae White Secretary Special Projects Manager  
Aketa Williams Under Secretary Director of Strategic Communications  
Takirra Winfield Communications and Outreach Director of Strategic Media Initiatives  


   
Last Modified: 10/27/2016