October 7, 2009 -- Brenda Dann-Messier '00 EdD has been confirmed by the US Senate and President Barack Obama for the position of assistant secretary for vocational and adult education in the United States Department of Education.
As assistant secretary, Dann-Messier will be working for President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Under Secretary Martha Kanter. Dann-Messier will serve as the principal advisor to Secretary Duncan on matters related to high school, career, technical and adult education, as well as community colleges and workforce and economic development. She will also represent the U.S. Department of Education at national and international meetings related to vocational and adult education. Dann-Messier is entering her second post with the Department of Education. She previously served during the Clinton administration, as Secretary Richard Riley’s Regional Representative in Boston.
Dann-Messier had served as president of Dorcas Place Adult & Family Learning Center in Providence, Rhode Island, which provides educational and job placement services, college preparatory classes and family literacy programs for welfare recipients. Prior to this position, she worked at the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University. She is a member of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education and chairs the Academic and Student Affairs subcommittee for the board.
Dann-Messier received her BA and her MEd from Rhode Island College, and her EdD in Educational Leadership from JWU.