Maria Echaveste, co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group consulting firm and former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
“Ms. Echaveste’s deep commitment to ensuring opportunity for all Americans is well matched to the Alliance’s deep commitment to supporting real change in the nation’s secondary schools,” said Dan Leeds, chairman of the board of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “We know that her contributions as a board member will enrich and accelerate the work of the Alliance, so that every child graduates from high school prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.”
At Nueva Vista Group, Ms. Echaveste helps her clients develop strategies in such areas as outreach, policy development, and coalition building. Ms. Echaveste is also a lecturer at the Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches immigration law and policy; additionally, she is a senior fellow at the law school’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity. From 1993 to 1997, Ms. Echaveste served as the wage and hour administrator at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she was responsible for enforcing the nation’s basic labor laws such as minimum wage, overtime, and the family medical leave act. She was a member of the White House staff from 1997 to 2001, serving first as assistant to the President and later as deputy chief of staff.
Ms. Echaveste is also a member of the board of directors for People for the American Way, The American Prospect magazine, and the humanitarian organization CARE.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.
For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit: www.all4ed.org.