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EducationCounsel Expands Team in Washington

Washington, D.C. (August 16, 2016)–EducationCounsel, a Washington, D.C.-based affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, has expanded its team with the addition of Sandi Jacobs, Nicholas X. Brock, and Mara S. Goby. Ms. Jacobs joins as a principal, while Mr. Brock and Ms. Goby join as policy assistants.

Ms. Jacobs previously served as senior vice president for State and District Policy at the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and has also held leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Education. During her time at NCTQ, she led all state- and district-level policy work. At the U.S. Department of Education, she served as a senior education program specialist and team leader of the Reading First Program, where she participated in the implementation of the No Child Left Behind initiative and provided ongoing technical assistance to states and districts in the implementation of their Reading First plans. Before that she served as an education program specialist with the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration program of the U.S. Department of Education, working as a program liaison for all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Ms. Jacobs also worked as a public schoolteacher in Brooklyn, N.Y. for nine years. She earned a Master of Arts in Sociology of Education from Teachers College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Columbia College, New York.

Mr. Brock’s background includes internships and positions in various education policy organizations, including serving as primary staffer for the Delaware General Assembly’s Education, Housing, and Community Affairs Committee. Before that, he worked as a research assistant for the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware where he assisted in the coordination of the Delaware College Application Month Education Initiative, which allocated classroom time for students to apply to college. Mr. Brock also has experience working as a higher education policy intern at Lumina Foundation, a private foundation committed to increasing the number of Americans with high-quality postsecondary credentials; as a consultant with the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI), a leading source of professional development for federal policymakers working on higher education issues; and as a program outreach intern at the Indiana County Community Action Program, providing integrated services that complement workforce development, create job opportunities, and involve communities in the design of delivery services. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware's School of Public Policy and Administration and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Robert E. Cooks Honors College in Political Science.

Ms. Goby joins the Firm from an internship with the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Secretary where she assisted with educator engagement initiatives. Previously, she interned with College Track in Los Angeles, where she supported the nonprofit organization’s efforts to provide resources and services to students from underserved communities. In addition, Ms. Goby interned in the office of California State Senator Carol Liu and at The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools where she gained experience addressing the intersection between poverty and education. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant at Noyes Education Campus and at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School in Washington, D.C. Ms. Goby graduated from Georgetown University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.

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EducationCounsel is a mission-based education consulting firm that combines experience in policy, strategy, law, and advocacy to drive education improvements. The team – including former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley as senior partner – is a diverse and bipartisan group with a shared commitment to strengthen education systems, close achievement gaps, and expand access to educational opportunities. The team works at the local, state, and national levels to develop and put into motion policy initiatives designed to close achievement gaps and lead to improved education outcomes from early childhood education through postsecondary education. Click here for more information.

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