Mildred Otero is vice president of policy & advocacy at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE).
Mildred joins Leadership for Educational Equity from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, where she served as Chief Education Counsel and 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. Prior to her tenure in the US Senate, Mildred served as a Senior Policy Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she led their federal advocacy efforts for the U.S. Programs in Washington, DC. In this role, she focused on policy advocacy that advanced the foundation’s College Ready and Postsecondary Success strategies. Mildred earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Social Work degree from New York University, Silver School of Social Work.