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Sara Tucker -- Department of Education
Under Secretary

Sara Martinez Tucker was confirmed as Under Secretary of Education on December 9, 2007. As Under Secretary, Sara assists the Secretary with her duties and is be responsible for helping to implement the work of Secretary Spellings' Commission on the Future of Higher Education. She also coordinates polices, programs and activities related to vocational and adult education, postsecondary education, college aid and the President's financial reforms for the Pell Grant. Previously, Sara served as President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, where she pursued an aggressive goal: to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees by 2010. In 2005, TIME Magazine named her one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America; Town & Country ranked her among the young, new breed of philanthropists. In her time at the helm of HSF, Sara generated funds for almost $195 million in scholarships to more than 78,000 students. Recognizing that scholarships alone would not get HSF to its goal, she led the launch of community outreach programs to raise college expectations in Latino families and communities. These programs directly touched more than 90,000 students, parents, HSF alumni and community members. Sara was a founding board member of the National Center for Educational Accountability and the National Scholarship Providers Association. Until recently, she served on the seven-member North American Diversity Advisory board of Toyota Motor Corporation to raise employee awareness and provide counsel on diversity issues. Prior to joining HSF in 1996, Sara spent 16 years at AT&T, becoming the first Latina to reach the company’s executive level. In her last assignment at the company, she served as a regional vice president for AT&T’s Global Business Communications Systems, where she led a $400 million division to its highest profit levels. Prior to this, Sara was vice president for Consumer Operations, a $370 million operation with 6,500 employees serving AT&T’s 80 million consumers. Under her leadership, this group contributed to the division’s receipt of the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award. A native of Laredo, Texas, Sara received her undergraduate degree in journalism, graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a general-assignments reporter for the San Antonio Express before returning to U.T., where she received a master of business administration degree with high honors. More recently, Sara received an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Notre Dame and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Boston College.

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