According the a press release issued today, Carmel Martin, the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the Department of Education, will join the Center for American Progress as Executive Vice President for Policy where she will oversee all the Center’s policy development. I first met Carmel when she was the general counsel and chief education advisor to Sen. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and got to work with her after the transition when she came over to the Department. She brings a tremendous amount of policy knowledge and creativity to CAP, where she will no doubt play a major role in advocating for education policy. She deserves thanks for her service and I look forward to following her views at CAP.
This is another in a string of departures at the Department. Given the challenges ahead, and the agenda outlined by the President in the State of the Union, the administration will need to quickly find replacements as able as Carmel and David Bergeron (another recent departure).