Dr. Martha Kanter

Under Secretary for U.S. Department of Education

Martha Kanter currently serves as Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education where she oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult, and career-technical information and student aid. She is currently leading efforts to advance President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020” as measured by the percentage of individuals possessing college degrees. Kanter and her associates are working closely with postsecondary partners across the country to identify and advance initiatives that will boost American innovation and competitiveness. Her personal commitment to increasing student access to and success in higher education is evident in her unrelenting advocacy for federal efforts aimed at increasing the number of students receiving student aid, improving teacher quality, and modernizing career-technical education.