The Secretary of Education

Council Member: Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education

Council Designee: Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Catherine E. Lhamon is the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Lhamon's 17-year track record of success has earned her repeat accolades as one of California's top women lawyers, and as a lawyer of the year for civil rights. She was also named one of California's Top 20 Lawyers Under 40 in 2007.

Immediately prior to coming to the Department of Education, Ms. Lhamon was the Director of Impact Litigation at Public Counsel, which is the nation's largest pro bono law firm. Before coming to Public Counsel, Ms. Lhamon practiced for a decade at the ACLU of Southern California, ultimately as Assistant Legal Director. Before then, Ms. Lhamon was a teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center after clerking for The Honorable William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was The Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, and graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College.

Council Designee: Camsie McAdams, Acting Director, Office of STEM, U.S. Department of Education

Camsie McAdams is the Acting Director for the Office of STEM at the US Department of Education (ED). She leads policy development, strategic planning, serves on multiple inter-agency STEM education groups and represents ED’s STEM commitments in a variety of public-private forums.

Prior to her appointment, Camsie served as Director of STEM for DC Public Schools, where she created a vision for STEM and led professional development and instructional improvement. Camsie began her STEM career as an engineering intern with the Department of Energy at the Western Area Power Administration.

She has a degree in general engineering/science studies and political science, magna cum laude, from the University of Denver, and a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught middle/high school math and science in Oakland, CA and New York City for 10 years, and helped start and lead a small public school in the South Bronx. Camsie received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2009.

Council Designee: Margaret Olmos, Chief of Staff, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Margaret Olmos is the Chief of Staff in the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education.  Prior to her time with the Department, Margaret was Deputy Research Director at the White House, the sole researcher for now-First Lady Michelle Obama, and a researcher and community service activist in a number of capacities between 2003 and 2008.

Margaret earned her BA at Haverford, with a special education minor that included four years of student teaching, and her MA in Politics at Queens University in Northern Ireland.  

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