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Meet Our People

Libby Doggett, Ph.D.

Libby Doggett, Ph.D.,has over 40 years of leadership and management experience with schools, Head Start and childcare. She uses these skills to build public awareness and strong, diverse, local coalitions in Texas with the goal of improving children’s readiness for Kindergarten. Doggett served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education, overseeing both the Early Learning Challenge and the Preschool Development Grant Programs. Doggett provided expertise and policy guidance to the Secretary and served as ED’s early learning liaison to the While House, the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal and state agencies.

Doggett previously worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts, directing the Pew home visiting campaign. She oversaw a robust research agenda and worked with advocates in target states to build political and public understanding and support for data-driven investments that align with federal guidance. Doggett also directed Pre-K Now, worked for the National Head Start Association, and began her career as a bilingual first grade teacher at Ortega Elementary School in Austin. She holds a doctorate from the University of Texas in early childhood special education.