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Jamienne Studley  

Deputy Under Secretary of Education

Jamienne S. (Jamie) Studley is a leader in higher education policy, education equity, and law in the public interest, respected for her wide ranging experience and commitment to public engagement and opportunity. Since 2004 she has been President & CEO, Public Advocates, Inc. (San Francisco, California), a trailblazing public interest law firm that works with communities of color and poor people using public policy, litigation, legislative, grass roots coalition and media strategies to eradicate the systemic causes and effects of poverty and discrimination. Public Advocates works in education, housing, transportation, health, insurance, and telecom-munications. She co-chairs the California Coalition on Civil Rights and was profiled in “Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More” (Morrison & Chin 2007).

Studley was a Scholar in Residence, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2003-04) pursuing liberal education and career development issues. As President of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (1999-2003), she convened national discussion of education opportunity and preserving merit student aid; was Vice and Program Chair of The Annapolis Group of liberal arts colleges, and launched the Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery.

In the Clinton Administration Studley was deputy, then acting, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Education (1993-99) under Secretary Richard Riley, responsible for civil rights, education, and other legislative and regulatory issues. She was a member of the White House Regulatory Working Group and led the team that received the 1998 Innovation in Government Award from the Career College Association for promoting collaboration with the higher education community and responsiveness in federal rulemaking.

Earlier as Associate Dean and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School (1983 to 1987) she helped create a path-breaking loan forgiveness program for graduates in public service and instituted campus projects on race and gender. She then became the first executive director of NALP (National Association for Law Placement, 1987-90), the professional association of law schools and legal employers. She has taught food and drug law at Yale and the University of California at Berkeley Schools of Law; served as executive director of the California Abortion Rights Action League, a grass roots reproductive rights group; practiced law in Washington, DC; and consulted and written a nationally syndicated column on legal management and personnel issues. She was a member of the American Bar Association Commissions on Loan Repayment and Forgiveness and on Women in the Profession.

A graduate of Barnard College (1972 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, honors in American Studies) and Harvard Law School (1975), Studley is a member of the San Francisco Ethics Commission; Boards of Directors of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U, Treasurer), American Craft Council, The Urban School, and San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design; member of the Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year and Skadden-University of Alabama Morris Dees Justice Award selection committees; and Advisory Board, First Book. She was also advisory board chair, Equal Justice Works E-Guide to Public Interest Law; Legislative Chair, NYS Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities; on the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee, and Board of Directors, Adirondack Trust Company

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