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OLCA: Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs
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General Contact Information

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

Assistant Secretary

Rachel Niebling
Deputy Assistant Secretary

Blanchi Roblero
Chief of Staff 

Molly Petersen
Legislative Director

Legislative and Outreach Staff



Andrea Drew FSA Casework
Alex Payne Special Assistant
Ben Martel Confidential Assistant
Barbara Hoblitzell Higher Education
Ian Smolka FSA Casework, OCR Casework
James Forester K-12, FERPA
Kalila Winters Special Assistant
Kim Zarish-Becknell K-12, OSERS
Linda Wilson K-12, OCTAE
Marco Sanchez Special Assistant
Sara Buettner-Connelly Correspondence
Vera Richards FSA Casework
Waquesha Canty Grant Notifications, OLCA Inquiries

Executive and Administrative Staff

Liza Araujo, Executive Officer

Last Modified: 06/03/2021