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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

Rachel Niebling
Deputy Assistant Secretary

Lakeisha Steele
Deputy Assistant Secretary

Blanchi Roblero
Chief of Staff

Molly Petersen
Legislative Director

Legislative and Outreach Staff



Alex Payne Higher education and Oversight
Ben Martel Confidential Assistant
Jacob Blaut Confidential Assistant
Barbara Hoblitzell Higher Education
Ian Smolka FSA Casework, OCR Casework
James Forester K-12, FERPA
Kalila Winters OCR, CARES/CRRSSA/ARP General
Kim Zarish-Becknell K-12, OSERS
Marco Sanchez Outreach and White House Initiatives
Sara Buettner-Connelly Correspondence
Stephen Cekuta School Reopening
Vera Richards FSA Casework
Waquesha Canty Grant Notifications, OLCA Inquiries

Executive and Administrative Staff

Liza Araujo, Executive Officer

Last Modified: 02/08/2022