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Richard Pettey

Senior Policy Advisor

United States Department of Education

Biography

Richard grew up in Decatur, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University in 2013 with degrees in Finance and Spanish. Upon graduation, Richard moved to Jackson, Mississippi where he taught high school Spanish at a public high school for two years through Teach For America. Following his time in the classroom, he worked with RePublic Charter Schools to open the first charter school in the state of Mississippi. He managed all start-up and business operations of the school for two years before being promoted to a senior network position, in which he managed and supported operational leadership across the multi-state charter school network.

In 2017, Richard moved from Mississippi to Washington, DC in order to work for Senator Lamar Alexander. Richard worked on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee majority staff covering higher education and career and technical education. Most recently, Richard worked on the Chairman’s team responsible for writing, negotiating, and passing the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorized the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. He currently works on CTE policy, projects, and initiatives and is a Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.

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