The Texas Public Policy Foundation announced the addition of Kimberly Richey as Senior Fellow for Education to support the foundation’s Next Generation Texas campaign, covering K-12, higher education, and workforce development issues.

Richey is the former Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. She was in charge of developing and implementing OCR’s key policy initiatives affecting all elementary and secondary schools, and all institutions of higher education that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.  Prior to working in OCR, Richey was the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and has extensive experience working to improve education at the local, state and federal levels.

“We are thrilled to have Kim on our team advising our efforts to improve educational outcomes for all students in Texas,” said TPPF Executive Director Kevin Roberts. “As Texas and the country begin to evaluate the toll the pandemic has had on a generation of students, it is more important than ever to push for the policies that will get our schools, districts, and the entire education system back on track. It’s a daunting challenge and we are confident that Kim will help us lead Texas and the country in the right direction.”

Richey is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. She has a degree in education from Southern Nazarene University, and holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.