Who is Part of Ed. Sec. Nominee Betsy DeVos' Policy Circle?
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S Secretary of Education, may just be starting to think about who she might want on her staff at the U.S. Department of Education next year. After all, she and Trump have about 150 political appointee gigs to fill at the agency.
In filling posts, DeVos could decide to tap people she already knows and has worked well with. Education secretaries often bring close associates from their previous jobs into the department with them. (Think Peter Cunningham, who headed up communications at the department for former Obama administration Secretary Arne Duncan and had worked with Duncan previously in Chicago.)
DeVos could decide to draw from a deep pool of folks she has worked with in education advocacy and political offices, including at the American Federation for Children, a political and advocacy organization she chaired until recently. Many of them have ties to her home state of Michigan, including Josh Venable, a one-time aide to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is said to be helping Who is Part of Ed. Sec. Nominee Betsy DeVos' Policy Circle? - Politics K-12 - Education Week: