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Holly Kuzmich is executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, where she leads the public policy organization's strategy and management. The work of the Institute is achieved through its impact centers on domestic excellence, which includes education reform, economic growth, veterans, and the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, and global leadership, which includes human freedom and democracy, global health, and the women's initiative. Holly also serves as a member of the management team of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading strategic planning and board relations, and as a board member of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an independent global health affiliate of the Bush Institute. Previously, Holly was vice president and chief operating officer of Margaret Spellings & Company, a public policy consulting firm with a specialty in education and workforce issues at the national, state, and local levels. Holly also served as the assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education. In those roles, she oversaw policy development on K-12 and higher education issues and served as the main liaison with Congress and the White House on education policy. Holly came to the Department from the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she developed and advanced administration policies on education issues. Prior to that, she spent five years working in the U.S. Senate on domestic policy. Holly earned her bachelor's degree in political science and urban studies from Northwestern University. She is a Fellow of the 17th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.