Libia Gil
Assistant Deputy Secretary, Director


  • District reform
  • English language learners
  • High schools

Libia Gil was named assistant deputy secretary and director of the Office of English Language Acquisition by President Obama in 2013. She is the principal adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on all matters related to the education of English learners, now estimated to be about 10 percent of the total k–12 enrollment nationwide. Gil is committed to ensuring improvement in English language education through the Department’s educational initiatives. Prior to joining the Department, Gil was vice president for practice at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning in Chicago. She was also a senior fellow and managing director at the American Institutes for Research, where she developed and co-led the AIR Center for English learners. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in bilingual education from the University of Washington. Early in her career as a bilingual teacher, she created the first Chinese bilingual program south of Los Angeles. As superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District she was awarded the annual Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.