Through this collaboration between Amherst College’s Education Pro Fellows and Mount Holyoke College’s Education Division, we are delighted to welcome Ruthanne Buck (Smith ’20) to a virtual conversation with students about education policy and politics.
Ruthanne Buck served as a Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretaries of Education John King and Arne Duncan. She was appointed by President Barack Obama from April 2012 through January 2017. Prior to joining the Department, Ruthanne served as Assistant to the President for Special Projects and National Field Director at the American Federation of Teachers. She began her career in 2001 at the Democratic National Committee, working on women’s and LGBT issues. Over the course of her career, she has led major field and political operations on behalf of progressive issues, agencies and candidates, with a particular focus on education.
She was raised in Alexandria, Louisiana and educated at Smith College in Northampton. Join us for an online conversation with Ruthanne Buck to discuss the current state of Education politics and policy, as well as Ruthanne’s career trajectory from attending college in Western Massachusetts to becoming a Senior Advisor to two U.S. Secretaries of Education.