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Expertise: Domestic policy, early childhood policy, education, federal budget, higher education, progressive movement

Carmel Martin is a distinguished senior fellow at American Progress, focusing on economic policy and education and workforce issues. Martin was formerly the executive vice president for policy at American Progress, managing the organization’s policy teams, shaping organizational strategy, and serving as a key member of American Progress’ Executive team. She also served as the treasurer to the Center for American Progress board. In 2004, Martin was a founding member of the American Progress staff as the associate director for Domestic Policy.

Before joining American Progress as executive vice president, Martin served as the assistant secretary for policy and budget at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to her appointment by former President Barack Obama to her position at the Department of Education, Martin served as general counsel and deputy staff director for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. She also served as chief counsel and senior policy adviser to former Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and special counsel to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD). Through her years in Congress, she worked on legislation related to education, workforce, budget, welfare, health care, and other issues of national importance.

Early in Martin’s career, she worked as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Educational Opportunities Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as in the private sector as a member of Hogan and Hartson’s (now Hogan Lovells) education practice. There she counseled and represented school districts and institutions of higher education across the country. She graduated with a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. After graduate school, Martin was a law clerk to Thomas M. Reavley, judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Martin has appeared on PBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox. She has been published in and cited in publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. She was named one of the five women who shape education policy by the National Journal in 2014 and has testified as an expert witness in front of legislative committees, including the House Budget Committee.

By Carmel Martin
A Quality Approach to School FundingCenter for American ProgressNovember 13, 2018
The U.S. Desperately Needs to Modernize and Elevate the Teaching Profession. Here Are Some Ways to Advance the Workforce for the Next GenerationThe 74October 1, 2018
Toward a Marshall Plan for AmericaCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2017
Trump’s Actions Speak Louder Than WordsU.S. News & World ReportMarch 1, 2017
A Quality Alternative: A New Vision for Higher Education AccreditationCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2016
Raising Wages and Rebuilding WealthCenter for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2016
Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’Center for American ProgressMay 19, 2016
Making the GradeCenter for American ProgressMay 19, 2016
Secret legacy of Secretary DuncanThe HillDecember 15, 2015
It’s Time to Put Child Care and Pre-K Within ReachMorning ConsultDecember 8, 2015
Leaving Behind No Child Left BehindU.S. News & World ReportDecember 3, 2015
Smart, Skilled, and StrivingCenter for American ProgressNovember 3, 2015
Restoring the BalanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2015
Credit for ServingCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Real ProgressU.S. News & World ReportSeptember 9, 2015
A New Vision for Child Care in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2015
There’s No Revolt Against Common CoreU.S. News & World ReportAugust 27, 2015
Fixing Sequestration and Improving the Budget ProcessCenter for American ProgressJuly 28, 2015
School Is Never Out for TeachersU.S. News & World ReportJuly 15, 2015
Strengthening Our Economy Through College for AllCenter for American ProgressFebruary 19, 2015
R.I. is national model for teacher preparationProvidence JournalDecember 12, 2014
A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby LobbyCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2014
Re-Establishing Religious Liberty Post-Hobby LobbyCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2014
Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and DistrictsCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2014
CTU foolish to fight Common CoreChicago Sun-TimesMay 19, 2014
New York City Leads the American Workforce Out of the Mad Men EraThe Daily BeastMay 14, 2014
Common Core Implementation Best PracticesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2014