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COE expands government relations team with new congressional affairs director

Washington, D.C. -- The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) has expanded its government relations capacity with the addition of Kimberly Jones, formerly an associate with the D.C. law firm of Dow Lohnes, as congressional affairs director.

Jones, who holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, has prior nonprofit experience with the AARP Foundation and Bread for the City of Washington, D.C.

She joins and will report to Heather Valentine, COE's vice president for public policy.

"Kimberly's keen intellect and background of legal and nonprofit work made her a superb addition to our advocacy team," said COE President Arnold L. Mitchem.

"Her experience complements Ms. Valentine's strong government and consulting expertise. Together they will enhance our already highly effective and well-regarded government relations operation."

"I'm delighted to welcome Kimberly to COE," said Valentine. "She joins us at the perfect moment -- as this session of Congress heats up on both the Appropriations and Higher Education Reauthorization fronts."

A Connecticut native, Jones earned a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 2000 and was a Truman Fellow at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2000-2001. Her publications include "Oreos, Coconuts, Apples and Bananas: The Problem of Racial Self-Identification Amongst Young People of Color" in the Rutgers Race & the Law Review 149 (2005).

"The opportunity to use my legal training and devote my energy to issues of college access for disadvantaged students was irresistible," Jones said. "I am humbled by the chance to be a part of COE's operations and excited by the opportunity to advance the council's important mission."

Founded in 1981, COE's mission is to advance equal educational opportunity in post-secondary education. COE focuses on ensuring that the least advantaged U.S. citizens have a realistic chance to prepare for, enter and graduate from post-secondary education.

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