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Brenda Dann-Messier

Board Secretary

Brenda Dann-Messier

Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier is the Postsecondary Commissioner, State of Rhode Island; an Education and Workforce Consultant working with the Education Strategy Group and the CCSSO on a career readiness project; and a faculty member in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson and Wales University.

She served as Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, United States Department of Education from 2009‐14 and as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Post‐Secondary Education from 2013‐14. Brenda has worked her entire career to expand education and workforce opportunities for low income youth and adults, with a primary emphasis on adult education, career and technical education, correctional education, and supporting community colleges. Prior to the U.S. Department of Education, she was the President of Dorcas Place Adult & Family Learning Center in Providence, R.I., which provides educational and workforce services, college preparatory classes and family literacy programs for low income adults and disconnected youth. From 2006‐2009, Brenda served on the Rhode Island Board for Higher Education and was Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs subcommittee. Brenda has been a member of NSC’s Board since 2014.