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Mildred Otero is the vice president for policy & advocacy at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). In this role, she works to support LEE members in their leadership development as they work within public policy and advocacy to end educational inequities. Prior to joining LEE, she served as the chief education counsel for Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where she managed the Senate Majority's education agenda, and its policy development and strategy for children from cradle to career. Such efforts included, legislation addressing early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, higher education and adult education. Previously, Mildred served as a senior policy officer with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; as senior advisor under then Secretary Clinton at the United States Department of State/United States Agency for International Development; and as senior policy advisor to Clinton in the U.S. Senate. Additionally, Mildred served as legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Deputy Director for Early Childhood at the Children's Defense Fund. Before her work in Washington, D.C., Mildred served as a counselor for child victims of sexual and physical abuse at the King's County District Attorney's Office. She began her career as a legislative aide to then NYS Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver in Albany, NY. Mildred earned a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York-Albany and a master of social work degree from New York University, Silver School of Social Work. She is a Fellow of the 17th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.