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Patricia Sullivan has had an extensive career in K–12 and postsecondary education policy in Washington, D.C. She currently is the deputy director for Educational Issues at the American Federation of Teachers. Prior to that she was an independent consultant heading up her own firm, Sullivan Consulting Services, where she provided advice to a range of clients on both the workings of Washington and states education agencies. During her career, Patricia has served as the director of the Center on Education Policy, the deputy director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, the chief education lobbyist for the National Governors Association and worked for the then Education and Labor Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also worked as the founding executive director of Achieve, Inc. A graduate of Purdue University, Patricia resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her two children.