Melissa Emrey-Arras is a director of education issues in the Government Accountability Office’s Education, Workforce and Income Security team. She oversees national studies on both K-12 and higher education issues. In July, her team published a report entitled Teacher Preparation Programs: Education Should Ensure States Identify Low-Performing Programs and Improve Information-Sharing. Prior to joining GAO in 2001, Emrey-Arras worked at a consulting company that assisted state and local government clients. She also worked for a number of years in nonprofit agencies serving children and families. Emrey-Arras received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Manuel C. Carballo prize for graduate research affecting the poor and disadvantaged. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.