Chief of Staff
Emma Vadehra began her service as chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July 2013. From 2009 to 2011, she served as deputy assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, overseeing K-12 education policy development and issues related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. From 2011 to 2013, Vadehra served as chief of staff at Uncommon Schools, a charter school management organization. Before joining the Department in 2009, she worked as a senior education counsel for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the staff of the U.S. Senate Education Committee, as well as on K-12 education policy, and student loan and national service policy. Vadehra has a law degree from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.