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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 Acting Secretary  
James Cole, Jr. General Counsel General Counsel, Delegated the Duties of Deputy Secretary confirmed 12/16/14
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
Michael Yudin Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Assistant Secretary confirmed 6/2/15
Political Appointments
NameOfficePosition 
Mohamed Abdel-Kader Postsecondary Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education  
Aaron Ament General Counsel Chief of Staff  
Ary Amerikaner Elementary and Secondary Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives  
Angelica Annino Secretary Deputy Director of Advance  
Jeff Appel Under Secretary Deputy Under Secretary  
Jared Bass Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Ken Bedell Under Secretary Special Assistant, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
Saba Bireda General Counsel Senior Counsel  
Levi Bohanan Legislation and Congressional Affairs Confidential Assistant  
De'Rell Bonner Communications and Outreach Confidential Assistant  
Tia Borders Secretary Special Assistant  
Cameron Brenchley Communications and Outreach 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 Special Assistant, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  
Raymonde Charles Communications and Outreach Deputy Press Secretary  
Jay Chen General Counsel Special 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 General Counsel Associate General Counsel  
Leslie Cornfeld Secretary Director of Strategic Partnerships, Special Advisor to the Secretary  
Jacqueline Cortez-Wang Communications and Outreach Special Assistant  
Erica Cuevas Deputy Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Joiselle Cunningham Secretary Special Assistant  
Nadya Chinoy Dabby Innovation and Improvement Assistant Deputy Secretary  
Greg Darnieder Secretary Special Assistant for College Access  
Marco Davis Under Secretary Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics  
Russella Davis Secretary Chief of Staff, Strategic Partnerships  
Cathy Del Duca Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Naomi Dennis Secretary White House Fellow  
Irma Esparza Diggs Legislation and Congressional Affairs Chief of Staff  
John DiPaolo General Counsel Deputy General Counsel  
Debra Dixon Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Chief of Staff  
Libby Doggett Elementary and Secondary Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning  
Carmen Drummond Career, Technical and Adult Education Special Assistant  
Maribel Duran Under Secretary Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics  
Jaye Espy Under Secretary Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities  
Gabriel Esquenazi Innovation and Improvement Confidential Assistant  
Keith Ferguson Secretary Deputy White House Liaison  
Jodie Fingland Legislation and Congressional Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary  
Kelly Fitzpatrick Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Policy Advisor  
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  
Libia Gil English Language Acquisition Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director  
Laura Ginns Deputy Secretary Chief of Staff  
Brenda Girton-Mitchell Under Secretary Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
Rashage Green Legislation and Congressional Affairs Special Assistant  
Scott Groginsky Legislation and Congressional Affairs Director of Budget and Appropriations  
Mushtaq Gunja Under Secretary Chief of Staff  
Simone Hardeman-Jones Legislation and Congressional Affairs Special Assistant  
Blake Harden Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Policy Advisor  
Kirsten Harper Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Special Assistant  
Khalilah Harris Under Secretary Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans  
Julie Heinz Postsecondary Education Special Assistant  
Steven Hicks Elementary and Secondary Education Special Assistant  
Denise Horn Communications and Outreach Assistant Press Secretary
Lloyd Horwich Legislation and Congressional Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary
Anne Hyslop Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Special Assistant  
Susan Inman Deputy Secretary Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary  
Michael Itzkowitz Postsecondary Education Deputy Chief of Staff  
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  
Brad Jupp Secretary Special Assistant  
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  
Anna Leach Under Secretary Confidential Assistant, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
Matt Lehrich Communications and Outreach Special Advisor to the Secretary, Communications  
Kelly León Postsecondary Education Confidential Assistant  
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 Innovation and Improvement Strategic Advisor  
Joseph Mais Under Secretary Special Assistant  
Alise Marshall Deputy Secretary Deputy Chief of Staff  
Eddie Martin, Jr. Under Secretary Special Assistant, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships  
Libby Masiuk Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Senior Policy Advisor  
Clare McCann Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Special Assistant  
Dexter McCoy Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Amy McIntosh Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Delegated the Duties of the Assistant Secretary  
William Mendoza Under Secretary Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education  
Christine Mica Postsecondary Education Chief of Staff  
James Minor Postsecondary Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs  
Mark Mitsui Career, Technical, and Adult Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges  
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  
Samuel Myers, Jr Secretary White House Liaison  
Dorie Nolt Communications and Outreach Press Secretary  
Jon O'Bergh Under Secretary Special Assistant  
Helen Pajcic Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Special Assistant  
Alexis Perlmutter Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Confidential Assistant  
Carmine Perrotti Under Secretary Special Assistant for Strategic Operations  
Joe Portnoy Communications and Outreach Special Assistant for Digital and Visual Media  
Spiros Protopsaltis Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education and Student Financial Aid  
Erin Randall Civil Rights Confidential Assistant  
Sujeet Rao Secretary Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff  
Heather Rieman Elementary and Secondary Education Chief of Staff  
Christian Robinson Secretary Special Assistant to the Secretary  
Lesley Robinson Under Secretary Confidential Assistant  
Blanchi Roblero Legislation and Congressional Affairs Confidential Assistant  
Tyler Rodgers Secretary Special Assistant  
Colin Rogister Secretary Confidential Assistant, Strategic Partnerships  
Melissa Salmanowitz Deputy Secretary Director for Strategic Communications and Scheduling  
Zoë Samuel Communications and Outreach Deputy Chief of Staff  
Erin Sandknop Secretary Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance  
Jonathan Schorr Communications and Outreach Communications Director, Delegated the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Communications and Outreach  
Russ Shilling Innovation and Improvement Executive Director for STEM Initiatives  
Joy Silvern Secretary Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Programs  
Joshua Skolnick Secretary Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships  
Ahnna Smith Innovation and Improvement Chief of Staff  
Isabel Soto Career, Technical and Adult Education Confidential Assistant  
Joseph South Educational Technology Deputy Director  
Stephanie Sprow Communications and Outreach Special Assistant  
Victoria Suarez-Palomo Secretary Special Advisor for Planning and Strategy  
Sue Swenson Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education Programs  
Joaquín Tamayo Elementary and Secondary Education Special Assistant  
Courtney Taylor Civil Rights Confidential Assistant  
Jason Tengco Under Secretary Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  
Lul Tesfai Career, Technical and Adult Education Director of Policy  
Jennifer Thomas Elementary and Secondary Education Confidential Assistant  
Lauren Thompson-Starks Under Secretary Senior Policy Advisor  
Doua Thor Under Secretary Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  
Ivory Toldson Under Secretary Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities  
Kate Tretow Secretary Strategic Operations Manager, White House Liaison Office  
Johan Uvin Career, Technical, and Adult Education Acting Assistant Secretary  
Emma Vadehra Secretary Chief of Staff  
Emma Van Susteren Secretary Special Assistant  
Marianna Vinson English Language Acquisition Deputy Director  
Eric Waldo Secretary Senior Advisor  
Joseph Walsh Communications and Outreach Deputy Assistant Secretary for State and Local Engagement  
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 Confidential Assistant  
Aketa Williams Under Secretary Director of Strategic Communications  
Bradie Williams Communications and Outreach Confidential Assistant  
Ursula Wright Innovation and Improvement Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary  


   
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