Maribel Duran is the Assistant Director for Strategy and Operations with the Education & Society Program at the Aspen Institute. In this role, Maribel oversees the operations, financial, and administrative functions for the program – all through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens, and helps lead the strategy development and continuous improvement and alignment of the program’s programmatic and policy efforts. Maribel is also the co-chair of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and member of the Richard Salinas Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Previously, Maribel 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. Later, 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. Maribel also 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.
Maribel began her career at the Chicago Public Schools helping 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 and an honorary doctorate in education from Southern New Hampshire University. Maribel sits on the board of trustees for Southern New Hampshire University and is a board member for the Institute on Educational Leadership. Maribel was honored as “40 under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence and has been featured in national conferences, including a Ted Talk, for her continued commitment to diversity, gender and education equity, and social justice.