Kimberly M. Richey is a senior education fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Richey served as acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Education (DOE) having previously been the acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the DOE. Richey was the managing director of federal advocacy and public policy at the National School Boards Association, and earlier she represented the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the state superintendent of public instruction as their general counsel.

Richey was general counsel and associate director of the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, a postsecondary education agency focused on peace officer training, and also served the DOE as counselor to the assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights. During that time, Richey was also acting chief of staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs.

Richey is a certified teacher and is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, Texas, and the District of Columbia. She holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Nazarene University. Richey is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.