Bachelor in Economics & International Studies, Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York, 1989. Master of Public Administration, University Texas Lyndon Baines Johnson School Public Affairs. Juris Doctor, University Texas School Law.
Law clerk to Honorary Thomas Reavley United States Court Appeals (5th circuit). Associate Hogan & Hartson LLP. Trial atty, civil rights division, educational opportunities section United States Department Justice.
Special counsel to Senator Tom Daschle United States Senate, chief counsel & senior policy advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman, chief education advisor to Senator Ted Kennedy, 2005—2008. Associate director domestic policy Center for American Progress, 2004—2005. Assistant secretary for planning, evaluation & policy development United States Department Education, Washington, since 2009.