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I grew up in Washington DC. My parents saw education as the key to opportunity and transferred me several times to take advantage of more rigorous academic programs. Their efforts culminated in my graduation from Smith College with a degree in mathematics, and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

My entire career has been devoted to providing equity and access. After graduation, I worked as a lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I also served as a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Public Utility Commission.

I then moved into the field of education, my own passion.

After serving as legal counsel and hearing officer, I identified and was able to combine my legal and public service skills with my own personal passion and family legacy, the field of education.

My experience in education includes serving as the Director of the National Institute of Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking and Management in the US Department of Education. This Office was concerned with improving the quality of education and access to equal opportunities for all children. 

Later, as Acting Director of the National Institute on Education of At-Risk Students, we looked at educational activities designed to improve outcomes for students at risk because of socio-economic factors including race and Limited English Proficiency.

I was also Program Manager for the National Assessment of Education Progress, I managed a $129 million budget and was responsible for the administrative management of this very complex program, as well as reporting the results as “The Nation’s Report Card.” During the last two years, I have led the Board of Education serving as President as we managed the disruptions caused by the Pandemic.  While there have been many challenges, there have also been successes.  However, I recognize that there is still much work to be done to recover from this Pandemic. My work on the Board was disrupted by this once in a lifetime event. I ask that you continue to allow me to work with the Board of Education to advance the twin goals of Equity and Excellence.


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