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Expertise: Domestic policy, early childhood policy, economy, education, federal budget, higher education, poverty, progressive movement, religion and values, women’s rights

Carmel Martin is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at American Progress.

Before joining American Progress, Martin was the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the Department of Education. In this position, she led the Education Department’s policy and budget development activities and served as a senior adviser to then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Prior to coming to the Department of Education, Martin served as general counsel and deputy staff director for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) 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-NM) and special counsel to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD). Through her years in Congress, she worked on legislation related to education, welfare, health care, and other issues of national importance.

Early in Martin’s career, she worked as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Educational Opportunities Section at the Department of Justice, as well as in the private sector as a member of Hogan and Hartson’s education practice. There she counseled and represented school districts and institutions of higher education across the country. She graduated with a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. After graduate school, Martin was a law clerk to Thomas M. Reavley, judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Martin has appeared on PBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox. She has been cited in publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. She was also 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.