President Biden picks Yale lawyer, civil rights educator for a top federal education role

Catherine Lhamon, Portait. Wikipedia.

President Joe Biden intends to nominate Catherine Lhamon for assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, according to a White House announcement on Thursday.

Lhamon has been in the position before, when President Barack Obama nominated her and the Senate confirmed her in 2013, according to a bio from a White House press release.

She also chaired the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights until January 2021, and served as legal affairs secretary to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, among other roles.

Lhamon graduated from Amherst College and Yale Law School, according to the release. She has taught federal civil rights appeals at Georgetown University Law Center in the Appellate Litigation Program.

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona praised the move, saying:

“Catherine has devoted her career to ensuring equity is at the core of all her work. She has a strong record of fighting for communities of color and underserved communities, whether as the current Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, or as a civil rights educator at Georgetown University.”