Carmel Martin
Executive Vice President for Policy


  • No Child Left Behind
  • Politics

Carmel Martin is the executive vice president for policy at American Progress. Martin was previously the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the Department’s policy and budget development activities and served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Prior to joining the Department of Education, Martin served as general counsel and deputy staff director for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She also previously worked at American Progress as the associate director for domestic policy, and in the Senate as chief counsel and senior policy adviser to former Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and special counsel to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). She graduated with a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a master’s in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Martin has appeared on PBS, NBC, CNN and NPR. She was named one of the five women who shape education policy by the National Journal in 2014 and has testified as an expert witness in front of legislative committees.