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Biography of Sue Swenson

Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

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Sue Swenson is the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she serves as advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters related to the education of children and youth with disabilities, as well as employment and community living for youth and adults with disabilities. The mission of her office is to provide leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by ensuring equal opportunity and access to, and excellence in, education, employment and community living.

In addition to serving as Acting Assistant Secretary, Sue will continue to be Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSERS, a position she has held for the past 6 years, Before OSERS, Swenson served in the Clinton administration as the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Swenson also served as Executive Director of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation and CEO of The Arc of the United States.

Sue Swenson got involved with disability advocacy because her middle son, Charlie, had profound disabilities. She was active in the Minneapolis schools as well as in state and federal policy while working as a professional services marketing director before being named a Kennedy Fellow in the U.S. Senate in 1996. She was educated at the University of Chicago and earned an AM there as well as an MBA at the University of Minnesota.


Last Modified: 01/23/2017