Maribel Duran is the Assistant Director for Strategy and Operations with the Education & Society Program at The Aspen Institute. In this role, Duran oversees the operations, financial, and administrative functions for the program, and helps lead the strategy development and continuous improvement and alignment of the program’s programmatic and policy efforts.
Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, member of the White House Council on Women and Girls Federal Taskforce and the Education Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, informing the Administration’s P-20 policy and programmatic efforts on behalf of the nation’s Latino students and families, including helping to secure over 150 private-and-public sector commitments with a collective investment of over $335 million to build on and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education for the nation’s Hispanic community, and launching the Federal Interagency Working Group to strengthen and align federal policy efforts with local initiatives. She served eight years under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2009, she joined former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary.
Duran began her career at the Chicago Public Schools, supporting the Chief Executive Officer and leadership team to advance the school district’s mission of providing a high-quality education to the city’s children. She holds a bachelor of English Language and Literature magna cum laude from Southern New Hampshire University.