Hanna Skandera recently stepped down from nearly seven years of leadership as the Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico. Appointed by Governor Susana Martinez in 2011, Skandera led the transformation of New Mexico public schools. Under Skandera’s leadership, New Mexico graduation rates reached at an all-time high, AP course enrollment doubled and the number of “A” and “B” schools increased by one-third.
Nationally, Hanna serves as a board member of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, is a member and former chair of Chiefs for Change, serves as the Chair of the George W. Bush education advisory and is a former Aspen-pahara fellow. Prior to serving in New Mexico, Hanna served as Deputy Chief of Staff under U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, Undersecretary of Education under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Deputy Commissioner under Governor Jeb Bush. Skandera was previously a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and taught education policy at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.