EagleMUNC VI Keynote Speaker
Maureen A. McLaughlin
Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs
Maureen McLaughlin is a senior advisor to the secretary of education and director of international affairs at the U.S. Department of Education. In this position, she has led and coordinated the Department’s international activities and engagement since August 2010. She also spearheaded the development of its first international strategy, which is designed to simultaneously strengthen U.S. education and advance U.S. international priorities. The key objectives of the strategy are to increase the global competencies of U.S. students, learn from other countries to improve U.S. teaching and learning, and engage in active education diplomacy. McLaughlin holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, majoring in economics and graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. McLaughlin has a lifelong connection to education through her parents, a college professor and a retired teacher. She lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband and their two daughters, who both attended Arlington Public Schools. Active in local affairs, McLaughlin chaired Arlington’s Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee in the early 1990s and served on the Commission on Arlington’s Future (1988).