U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Chief of Staff and Additional Staff Hires

April 12, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the hiring of several senior staff members. This was the first official staff announcement, with additional hiring announcements expected to be made in the coming weeks. The White House also announced the President’s intention to nominate Carlos Muñiz as the U.S. Department of Education’s General Counsel. 

Josh Venable
Chief of Staff 

Dougie Simmons
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations 

Ebony Lee
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
Effective date: 4/16/17

Robert Eitel
Senior Counselor to the Secretary

James Manning
Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary
Effective date: 4/16/17

Jana Toner
White House Liaison 

Candice Jackson
Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office for Civil Rights and Acting Assistant Secretary

Jason Botel
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education and Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

Jose Viana
Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition
Effective date: 4/24/17

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