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Executive Director, College Promise Campaign & Senior Fellow, New York University
Washington, District Of Columbia 500+ connections
College Promise Campaign
Executive Director & NYU Senior Fellow
Company NameCollege Promise Campaign
Dates EmployedSep 2015 – Present
Employment Duration3 yrs 11 mos
LocationWashington D.C. Metro Area
Ensuring College Opportunity and Contributing to the Public Purposes of American Education.
Martha J. Kanter is Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign and Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University. The Campaign is dedicated to the mission of ensuring college opportunity by supporting the development and expansion of College Promise programs in communities and states throughout our nation. Her academic interests include: The Confluence of Access-Equity-Excellence; The Intersection of Policy and Politics in American Higher Education; and The Contributions of America’s Community Colleges to the Nation’s Social Fabric and Civic Future. See less
New York University, Steinhart Institute for Higher Education Policy
Distinguished Visiting Professor & Senior Fellow
Company NameNew York University, Steinhart Institute for Higher Education Policy
Dates EmployedJan 2014 – Jun 2016
Employment Duration2 yrs 6 mos
LocationGreater New York City Area
U.S. Department of Education
Company NameU.S. Department of Education
Dates EmployedJul 2009 – Dec 2013
Employment Duration4 yrs 6 mos
Martha J. Kanter was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2009 as the under secretary of education, and confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2009. Kanter reported to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and oversaw policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid, and six White House Initiatives-Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Educational Excellence for African Americans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
To spur education, economic growth and social prosperity, Kanter was charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama's goal for the U.S. to have "the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020" as measured by the proportion of college graduates over the next decade. Under Secretary Kanter and her team were keenly focused on improving college access, affordability, quality and completion to implement President Obama's 2020 goal.
During Kanter's term, the successful implementation of the Direct Student Loan program resulted in a 50-percent increase in college enrollment, growing from 6 to 9 million students today who are Pell Grant recipients. Kanter and her team worked closely with postsecondary partners from across the nation to boost American innovation and competitiveness with an ambitious college completion agenda, teacher quality reforms, adult education program improvements, modernization of career-technical education and a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor to distribute a $2 billion federal investment to increase quality, graduation and employment opportunities for community college students. Kanter was also committed to the expansion of Open Educational Resources for all, underscored numerous times by the President, Secretary of State and Secretary of Education. See less
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Company NameFoothill-De Anza Community College District
Dates EmployedJul 2003 – Jun 2009
Employment Duration6 yrs
LocationLos Altos Hills, CA
From 2003 to 2009, Kanter served as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation, serving more than 45,000 students with a total budget of approximately $400 million.
Kanter has been recognized for her work numerous times as Woman of the Year by the 24th Assembly District, Woman of Achievement by San Jose Mercury News and the Women's Fund, and Woman of the Year for Santa Clara County by the American Association of University Women. In 2003, she received the Excellence in Education award from the National Organization for Women's California Chapter. In 2006, she was honored for diversity and community leadership by the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, and in 2007, the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley honored her with the John W. Gardner Leadership Award. In 2008, Kanter received the Citizen of the Year award from the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Notre Dame High School in Silicon Valley honored her with the Woman of Impact award and, in 2010, Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay nominated her for the Business Hall of Fame.
Among her many accomplishments, Kanter and her team were responsible, with former Chancellor Leo Chavez and the Board of Trustees, for raising over a billion dollars in two local bond elections and aggressive fund development to renovate and expand all buildings on the 212 acre campuses of Foothill and De Anza Colleges. See less
De Anza College
Company NameDe Anza College
Dates EmployedJul 1993 – Jun 2003
Employment Duration10 yrs
Kanter had as her goal to hire the best full-time and part-time faculty, staff and administrators to educate more than 25,000 students, the majority from low-income backgrounds. She opened the first Advanced Technology Center and Multicultural Center to bridge intercultural, international and foreign language programs on campus - both of these the first in California's 112 community colleges.
In 1977, after serving as an alternative high school teacher in Massachusetts and New York, she established the first program for students with learning disabilities at San Jose City College (Calif.). She then served as a director, dean and subsequently vice chancellor for policy and research for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in Sacramento. In 1990, she returned to San Jose City College as vice president of instruction and student services until she was named president of De Anza College in 1993, serving in this position for a decade until her appointment as chancellor. See less
University of San Francisco
University of San Francisco
Degree NameDoctor of Education (EdD) Field Of StudyHigher Education
Dates attended or expected graduation 1985 – 1989
Degree NameMaster of Education (MEd) Field Of StudyClinical Psychology & Public Practice
Dates attended or expected graduation 1973 – 1974
Degree NameBachelor of Arts (B.A.) Field Of StudySociology
Dates attended or expected graduation 1966 – 1970