Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal, moderates a panel on education and the new American workforce with Janet M. Abbott, Director, SDSU Compact Scholars Program, Teresa Luna, Director of Administration, Idaho Education Network, Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, Executive Office of the President, Tom Rudin, Senior Vice President, Career Readiness, The College Board.
Janet Abbott has administered the San Diego State University (SDSU) Compact Scholars Program since 2005 when she was appointed as its founding director. Ms. Abbott previously served as the campus coordinator for the California State University Early Assessment Program for the SDSU service area.
Prior to joining SDSU, she served as associate director of the University of California San Diego’s California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP). Ms. Abbott earned her bachelor’s degree and California Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego. Her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration is from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Fawn Johnson is a correspondent for National Journal, covering a range of issues including immigration, transportation and education. Ms. Johnson is a long-time student of Washington policymaking, previously reporting for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal, where she covered financial regulation and telecommunications. She is an alumnus of CongressDaily, where she covered health care, labor and immigration. Ms. Johnson first covered Congress at BNA Inc., where she covered labor, welfare, immigration and asbestos liability. She has an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Bates College.
Teresa Luna was appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter as director of Idaho’s Department of Administration in March 2011. Ms. Luna also serves as chairwoman of the IT Resource Management Council (ITRMC), vice chair of the IEN Program Resource Council (IPRAC), secretary of the Idaho Capitol Commission and sits on the Governor’s Housing Committee. From 2008 to 2010, she served as chief of staff for the Department of Administration and provided key leadership in the development and implementation of the Idaho Education Network. An Oregon native, Ms. Luna has worked for Idaho’s Controller’s Office and Department of Administrator for over a decade.
Roberto J. Rodríguez serves in the White House Domestic Policy Council as Special Assistant to the President for Education. Previously, Rodríguez was Chief Education Counsel to United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In this capacity, he managed the Democratic education agenda for the Committee and led policy development and strategy for legislation addressing early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, higher education, and adult education.
Rodríguez began his tenure on Capitol Hill working for the Senate HELP Committee on the development of the No Child Left Behind Act. He has worked on various reauthorizations of federal legislation, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Head Start, Child Care, Higher Education, and the America COMPETES Act.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Rodríguez worked as Senior Education Specialist at the National Council of La Raza, where he conducted research and analysis of federal and state education reform issues, as well as the development and evaluation of community-based education programs.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
As the College Board's chief representative in Washington, D.C., Tom Rudin works on behalf of the organization's institutional members to promote public policy, legislation and education programs that connect students to college success. From 1996 to 2002, he served as executive director of Grants Planning and Management at the College Board. Previously, he spent four years as coordinator of special projects for EQUITY 2000®, the College Board's national education reform program.
Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President on Education Policy, outlines specific actions the government is taking to improve completion and accreditation systems of post-secondary education.