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2013 Manufacturing, Trade & Workforce / Education Department

Gabriella Gomez, Assistant Secretary, Legislation and Congressional Affairs

(Richard A. Bloom)

photo of Niraj Chokshi
July 16, 2013

In some ways, Gomez's life has been steadily building toward her current role as the department's lead liaison and advocate to Congress. Her current office is just a short walk from Congress, where she was the lead education adviser for Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., then-chairman of what is now the House Education and Workforce Committee. As lead negotiator for the House Democrats on higher-education issues, Gomez, 40, played a key role in passing the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, and a handful of other measures. Before that, she worked as a higher-education lobbyist at the American Federation of Teachers and as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas. Gomez's longtime interest in education policy seems fitting. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, and she arrived in Washington for a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellowship. She received her bachelor's in political science from Loyola Marymount University and a master's in education policy from Harvard.

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