Obama Nominates Nonprofit Executive as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights

President Obama has nominated Russlynn Ali as the new assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education. Ali is expected to drastically alter the focus of the Office for Civil Rights, which under the Bush administration was obsessed with eliminating affirmative action in college and university admissions.

Ali has been serving as vice president of the Education Trust and as founding director of Education Trust-West. She attended Spelman College but transferred to American University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in law and society. She is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law.