Bachelor in History, Emory University, Atlanta, 1988. Master of Arts in American History, University Virginia, 1992. Juris Doctor, University Virginia School Law, 1992.
Attorney Center Law & Education, Washington, 1994—2000. Independent consultant New American Schools, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, 2000—2004. Senior program officer Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2004—2008, special assistant to director education, 2008.
Chief of staff United States Department Education, Washington, 2009—2010. Program officer American Association University Women Educational Foundation, Washington. Board directors The Joyce Foundation, since 2010.
Married Hampton Newsome. 2 children.