Gabriella Gomez '95

Shaping educational policy from behind the scenes.

Gabriella Gomez '95, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Despite the fact that Gabriella Gomez plays a major role in shaping America's educational policy in Washington, D.C., there's a good chance you've never heard of her — and she's fine with that. As assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, Gabriella advises the secretary of education and serves as the department's liaison in Congress. She sees the job as both an obligation and an honor. "I embrace it fully, to help advocate and bring about change in the lives of students. I want to make sure that what we leave behind is in better condition than when we arrived."

Even with her connections and knowledge, don't expect her to throw her hat in the ring anytime soon. She prefers to leave politics to the politicians. "There's a lot of self-sacrifice that comes with running for office. You're on 24/7. You're subject to constant campaigns. I don't want to get on the treadmill that never stops."

Instead, Gabriella is one of the special individuals who is less interested in running things and more interested in making sure things run properly. "I don't have any aspirations to be the secretary or a member of Congress, but I do have aspirations to provide the best support and accomplish the specific goals. I like being behind the scenes and effecting change."