- Zaklya Smith, a senior policy adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council, is leaving the Obama administration at the end of the month for a new position at the Center for American Progress, a think tank with close ties to the administration.
- Smith has made a significant impact on federal higher education policy since graduating college six years ago and will serve as the center's director of postsecondary innovation and, along with Julie Morgan, co-director of postsecondary education.
- Leaders and lobbyists in higher education say they're sorry to see her go, citing her openness to what they have to say and her ability to convey their concerns to those unfamiliar with higher ed.
From the article:
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is losing another official who has played a major role in shaping its higher education policy. Zakiya Smith, a senior policy adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council who has made a significant imprint on federal higher ed policy making since she graduated college just six years ago, will leave at month's end for the Center for American Progress, a think tank with historically close ties to the administration. ...