Jamienne Studley is Acting Under Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education. She was appointed to the position in December 28, 2013. Before her appointment, she had served as Deputy Under Secretary of Education since September 26, 2013.
As acting under secretary Studley reports to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and oversees policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid, and six White House Initiatives-Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Educational Excellence for African Americans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Jamienne served as deputy and acting general counsel of the Department in the Clinton Administration from 1993-99. During that time, she had responsibility for implementing the negotiated rulemaking process, led the negotiated rulemaking on financial responsibility, and served on the White House Regulatory Reinvention Group. In March 2010, Secretary Duncan appointed her to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which she chaired in 2012-13.
Earlier Jamienne was president and CEO of Public Advocates Inc., a San Francisco based civil rights advocacy group; president of Skidmore College; associate dean and lecturer in Law at Yale Law School; executive director of the National Association for Law Placement; and special assistant to HEW Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris in the Carter Administration.
She has served as board member and treasurer of the American Association of Colleges and Universities; vice chair of The Annapolis Group; on the policy committees of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Campus Compact and the New York State Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, and as member and chair of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.
Jamienne grew up in Woodridge, NY (Sullivan County) and attended Fallsburgh Central Schools. She earned her Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Barnard College and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She has been recognized with the Distinguished Alumna Award from Barnard College (2012) and as a Champion for College Opportunity from the Campaign for College Opportunity.