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Libia Gil was named Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) by President Obama on September 9, 2013. She is the principal adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan on all matters related to the education of English learners. As head of OELA, Gil administers programs under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which support high-quality instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Prior to joining the Department, Libia served as Vice President for Practice at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in Chicago. She was also a Senior Fellow and Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she developed and co-led the AIR Center for English learners. Libia began her career as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and later became Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District in California where she institutionalized dual language programs in Spanish. Libia earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in bilingual education, from the University of Washington. Libia is a Fellow of the 9th class of the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.