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OLCA: Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs
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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

Gwen Graham
Assistant Secretary

Blanchi Roblero
Deputy Assistant Secretary, K-12

Claire Viall
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Higher Education

Allie Aguilera
Chief of Staff

JoAnn Martinez-Shriver
Senior Advisor for Oversight

Molly Petersen
Principal Advisor, Legislative Affairs

Legislative and Outreach Staff



Jacob Blaut Office Operations
Marco Sanchez Outreach
Stephen Cekuta Oversight
Alex Payne Higher Education
Barbara Hoblitzell Higher Education
Melissa Bellin K-12
James Forester K-12, FERPA
Kim Zarish-Becknell K-12, OSERS
Sara Connelly Policy Correspondence
Vera Richards Casework Team Lead
Ian Smolka Casework
Takea Vickers Casework
Waquesha Canty OLCA Inquiries

Executive and Administrative Staff

Liza Araujo, Executive Officer

Last Modified: 08/10/2023