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LBJ School Alumna Nominated as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development for Department of Education

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 30, 2009 - Secretary of Education Anne Duncan announced  President Barack Obama's intent to nominate  Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Alumna Carmel Martin ('94) as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy for the Department of Education.

Secretary Duncan said, "Carmel has been a tremendous leader and extraordinary advocate for improving education in our country and her vast policy experience will be a great asset to the department."

Carmel Martin has an extensive background in the education field. In the mid-90s, Martin was an Associate in the Education Group with Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.  After her tenure there counseling school districts, colleges and universities, Martin moved to the United States Department of Justice where she focused on enforcing key provisions of Civil Rights Act.  She has served as Counsel to both Senator Tom Daschle and Senator Jeff Bingaman before becoming the Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress in 2004.  Martin's most recent work has been with Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions from 2005 until December 2008.  As Chief Education Advisor, she has counseled the Senator on all education issues and also led negotiations on all education legislation.  Martin received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law and also has a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  She received her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Manhattan College.

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