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Senate Education Panel Fills Top Staff Position

More super inside baseball: Mildred Otero will take over the top staff job on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the position left vacant by Bethany Little's departure.

Otero recently served as a senior policy officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focused on federal advocacy, and college-readiness issues. Before that worked as a senior advisor for the United States Academy for International Development, focusing on education, youth, and social protection policy.

Otero holds a Master of Social Work from New York University. In 2003, she served as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow, working for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. She's also served as deputy director for early childhood development and as a legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. And she was a senior policy adviser to Sen. Clinton for education and children's issues until 2009.

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