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Nicholas Andrew Abramczyk departed July 20, 2018Transferred to National Endowment for the Arts

Education (joined: Jan. 7, 2018)

Special Assistant, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs

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John Lucas Adair

Education (joined: Sept. 30, 2018)

Confidential Assistant, Office of the Under Secretary | Financial Disclosure »

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Erin Paige Agostin

Education (joined: Sept. 30, 2018)

Special Assistant, Office of Postsecondary Education | Financial Disclosure »

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Michael Aquila

Education (joined: Jan. 6, 2019)

Confidential Assistant | $68,036

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Hans Bader departed July 6, 2018

Education (joined: Oct. 15, 2017)

Attorney Advisor | $112,021 | Financial Disclosure »

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Nathan Adam Bailey departed May 3, 2019

Education (joined: Jan. 23, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | Communications Director | Chief of Staff | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Drawing on his diverse communications, public policy and political experience, Nate Bailey is a well-respected strategic counselor and campaign manager on public affairs, grassroots, communications, marketing, crisis management and corporate issues. He has provided senior leadership to a diverse range of advocacy programs involving health, energy, trade, telecom, regulatory and foreign policy matters. His career has included work in both state and federal government, trade associations, think tanks, large agencies and on the campaign trail.

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Drew Baney

Education (joined: Feb. 17, 2019)

Confidential Assistant | $81,548

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Anna Bartlett

Education (joined: Jan. 6, 2019)

Director, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs | $143,774

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James Blew

Education

Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via White House:

Mr. Blew is the director of Student Success of California, an affiliate of 50CAN (the 50-state Campaign for Achievement Now), and the former president of Students First, the national advocacy organization founded by former DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee. For more than a decade until 2014, Mr. Blew was a key advisor to the Walton family, serving as director of K-12 reform investments for the Walton Family Foundation. He holds a BA from Occidental College and an MBA from Yale University. He has held advisory and governing roles for several education reform organizations, including the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the American Federation for Children, and the Policy Innovators in Education Network.

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Derrick A. BolenTransferred to Labor

Education (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Confidential Assistant to the Secretary | Financial Disclosure »

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Jason Louis Botel departed Oct. 13, 2018

Education (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Senior White House Advisor | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Jason Botel was the executive director of MarylandCAN, a Maryland education reform group and state branch of 50CAN, which has supported pro-charter school policies. — ProPublica

Bio, via Department of Education via Internet Archive:

Jason first began his service at the Department of Education in the role of Senior White House Advisor for Education. Botel started his career teaching at Booker T. Washington Middle School in West Baltimore as a Teach For America corps member and went on to serve as founding principal and executive director of KIPP Baltimore. Most recently, he was the executive director of MarylandCAN. Botel holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from National-Louis University.

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  • 50CAN Executive Director
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Natalie Boyse

Education

Confidential Assistant | $66,510 | Financial Disclosure »

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Nathaniel D. Breeding

Education (joined: April 16, 2017)

Special Assistant | Special Assistant to the Secretary | $112,021 | Financial Disclosure »

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  • International Republican Institute Served as the advisor/consultant for the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) program in Tunisia coordinating the agenda, participants, logistics, and final HDP report for the International Republican Institute.
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Michael Jason Brickman

Education (joined: Feb. 2, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | $112,021 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

He previously led high-stakes, high-profile messaging campaigns involving corporate branding, state and federal policy, U.S. and international politics, and crisis management. He has been a regular contributor to regional and national print, radio, and television media. He has testified in numerous state legislatures, presented to top political and policy conferences, and briefed members of Congress, governors, presidential candidates, and their staff on the issues of the day. After working at the national campaign headquarters and in key primary states for John McCain's 2008 run for President, he led digital outreach and served on the communications team for Scott Walker's successful run for governor in 2010. Governor Walker then tapped him to serve as a policy advisor where he was deeply involved in the state’s collective bargaining debate, school choice expansion, higher education innovation, and other prominent reforms. More recently, he served as communications director at the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2014 election cycle. He also was national policy director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where he focused on issues including education reform, poverty, and economic opportunity. A native of Wisconsin, Michael graduated from the University of Delaware with honors. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. and is confident of a Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory this year.

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Christopher Brinson

Education (joined: Oct. 28, 2018)

Attorney Adviser | Financial Disclosure »

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Jedediah Brinton

Education (joined: Aug. 14, 2017)

Attorney Adviser | $149,337 | Financial Disclosure »

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Sara Broadwater departed April 13, 2019

Education (joined: May 7, 2017)

Special Assistant | $94,796 | Financial Disclosure »

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  • Procter & Gamble Account executive covering the laundry brands Downy, Bounce, Unstopables, and Gain
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Frank T. Brogan

Education

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via White House:

Mr. Brogan most recently served as chancellor of Pennsylvania’s public universities. He began his career as a fifth grade teacher in Martin County, Florida and later served as a dean of students, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent before being elected Florida’s Commissioner of Education in 1994. Mr. Brogan continued his advocacy for public education when elected Lieutenant Governor of Florida in 1998 and 2002. After five years in that role, he was named president of Florida Atlantic University—a position he held until 2009, when he was selected to serve as chancellor of Florida’s public universities. A native of Ohio, Mr. Brogan was the first member of his family to attend college—earning a bachelor’s degree in education magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Courtney, have a 12-year-old son, Colby John.

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Stanley Michael Buchesky departed June 30, 2017

Education (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Senior Advisor for Budget and Finance | $126,148-$189,600 | Financial disclosure not released because it is incomplete

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Stanley has a passion for education. He first became involved in education while leading mergers and acquisitions for McGraw-Hill and then as one of the founding trustees of Equality Charter School, starting with an idea in the heads of three educators and taking the school through start-up phase to now being ranked in the top 3% of all NYC middle schools in math. When technology adoption by schools began to accelerate, he founded the EdTech Fund, investing in and advising Seed stage education technology companies in both K-12 and Higher Ed. Stanley has also advised businesses of all sizes in planning and executing growth strategies. His services include strategy development, buy/build/partner analysis, and all stages of deal execution—deal sourcing, due diligence, contract negotiations, and integration planning. His specific deal experience ranges from minority equity investments and licensing agreements to partnerships and joint ventures, bolt-on acquisitions, divestitures, and multi-billion dollar transformational acquisitions. He has a depth of knowledge in private and public company tax and accounting issues and is a skilled negotiator. His industry expertise includes K-12 and Higher Education, Defense, and Information, Media and Technology. Stanley has led corporate development departments and activities for large companies such as McGraw-Hill, L-3 Communications and Pitney Bowes. He has also helped smaller established businesses as well as start-ups execute their growth strategies. Prior to a career in business, Stanley was an Airborne Ranger Army officer serving in peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He is a West Point graduate with a BS in computer science engineering and a double major in German and French, and he holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

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Brittany K. Bull

Education (joined: Jan. 10, 2017)

Attorney Adviser | $112,021 | Financial Disclosure »

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Douglas Burrichter

Education (joined: March 17, 2019)

Confidential Assistant | $56,233

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Michael Paul Chamberlain

Education (joined: Jan. 30, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | $94,796 | Financial Disclosure »

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Gregory J. Cizek

Education (joined: Nov. 17, 2017)

Board Member, National Assessment Governing Board | Special-government employees are not required to submit publicly-available financial disclosures

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Johnny Collett

Education (joined: Dec. 21, 2017)

Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Department of Education:

Collett, a former high school special education teacher, has served as the program director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and as the Kentucky state special education director. Collett has also served as an assistant division director and exceptional children consultant both at the Kentucky Department of Education.

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Christian Corrigan

Education (joined: April 8, 2019)

Attorney Adviser | $114,590

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Carrie Anne CoxenTransferred to Housing and Urban Development

Education (joined: April 30, 2017)

Confidential Assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education | $54,972 | Financial Disclosure »

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Deborah Cox-Roush departed June 11, 2017Transferred to Corporation for National and Community Service

Education (joined: Jan. 23, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | $131,767 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Deborah Cox-Roush was appointed as Director, Senior Corps and White House Liaison for the Corporation for National and Community Service in June 2017. Prior to this appointment, she served as Special Assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, resulting in her relocation to the Washington DC area. Deborah brings years of experience in working and coordinating volunteer organizations and efforts throughout the nation. She recently served as the Assistant Director of Public Events, Volunteer Coordinator for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee and was an integral part of the planning of this historic event. She was responsible for a staff of six and a professional volunteer staff of 25 persons with over 5000 volunteers. Deborah oversaw logistics, planning, scheduling, and event planning for Public Events volunteers located throughout the District of Columbia. Prior to moving to Washington D.C., she served as the Florida State Grassroots Director for Donald J. Trump for President and was instrumental in implementing a successful ground game, oversaw 27 campaign offices which resulted in bringing home a Florida victory for President Trump. Working closely with Team Trump Florida, she was responsible for get out the vote efforts and oversaw more than 70,000 grassroots volunteers statewide.

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Tyler W. Cramer

Education (joined: Nov. 16, 2017)

Board Member, National Assessment Governing Board | $26,000 | Special-government employees are not required to submit publicly-available financial disclosures

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Alicia Criscuolo

Education (joined: March 31, 2019)

Confidential Assistant | $68,036

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Daniel Currell

Education (joined: Dec. 17, 2018)

Deputy Under Secretary | $179,700

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