Spring Speaker Series: Social Innovator Spotlight – Sara Martinez Tucker

Start time 2024-05-21 05:00
Finished Time 2024-05-21 05:00

SOCIAL INNOVATOR SPOTLIGHT: Sara Martinez Tucker – Education Reform Champion – May 9th

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SVP Dallas invites you to discover the unique personal and professional journey of Sara Martinez Tucker’s commitment to improving the quality of education for every child. From the private sector to public service, the Laredo, Texas native has been an innovative executive shaping national efforts to increase college access and readiness for all students. Now as Chief Executive Officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, Ms. Martinez Tucker leads NMSI’s mission to produce and retain content-rich STEM teachers, transform high schools into centers of college readiness, and engage students to develop strong interests in STEM fields.

In 2006, she was nominated as the nation’s top higher education official by President George W. Bush. As under secretary, she oversaw all policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid. Tucker’s personal accomplishments included the development and implementation of two signature programs to increase access to college: a joint initiative with the U.S. Treasury Department to make nearly $70 billion in 2008-09 federal student loans available during the nation’s financial crisis, an effort described by the Wall Street Journal as “one bright spot in a season of crises and bailouts,” and an innovative new website, college.gov, which helps students and families prepare for college.

Ms. Martinez Tucker formerly served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), where she raised over $280 Million, in a nine-year span, to advance Hispanic higher education. Before joining HSF in 1997, Tucker spent 16 years at AT&T, becoming the first Latina to reach the company’s executive level. In her last assignment at the company, she served as a regional vice president for AT&T’s Global Business Communications Systems, where she led a $400 million division to its highest profit levels.  Ms. Martinez Tucker also serves as a member of several Boards of Directors including American Electric Power, Sprint, Teach for America, and the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees.

Join us for a close-up conversation with a remarkable national leader who is new to Dallas but no stranger to the challenge of closing the education gap.  Hear the lessons she has learned leading change at the highest levels and about her vision for education in America’s classrooms.

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