Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds had a position (Deputy Commissioner, Various Roles) at Texas Education Agency

Title Deputy Commissioner, Various Roles
Start Date 2007-00-00
End Date 2016-00-00
Is Current no
Notes Special Projects Company NameTexas Education Agency Dates EmployedMar 2016 – Aug 2016 Employment Duration6 mos LocationAustin, Texas Commissioner of Education’s designee for Governor Abbott’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative and chair of the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council (ELOC), a legislatively established council to study issues related to reviewing programs outside of the regular school day. ► Establish and facilitate network of leading business and industry stakeholders committed to working with the public school system to utilize state’s vast data information system from K-12 through higher education to the workforce to build a pipeline of talent through education and workforce partnerships; providing both statutory and regulatory recommendations. ► Catalyze school districts, community-based organizations, philanthropists, after-school providers, and private sector business leaders to align and bolster existing initiatives within K-12, higher learning education, and workforce to scale academic integration with college and career pathways that improve value-driven outcomes. ► Secure exploratory considerations for outfitting existing after-school programs with technical skill building and STEM trainings/enrichment to advance students Texas Education Agency Chief Deputy Commissioner Company NameTexas Education Agency Dates Employed2012 – 2016 Employment Duration4 yrs LocationAustin, Texas Spearheaded daily operations for the Texas Education Agency (TEA), including finance and policy leadership, the Permanent School Fund, Office of Complaints, Investigations, and Enforcement, and human resources; stewarded $56 billion biennially in state/federal funds while leading staff of 840. ► Guided and advised Commissioner of Education on agency’s strategic direction and implementation of education policy for the State of Texas ► Sourced and nurtured key partnerships to support educational priorities while serving as Commissioner’s direct liaison to national educational organizations, philanthropic individuals and organizations, and education- and employment-focused nonprofits to collect mission-critical insights, seed issues of mutual interest, scope public thought, and lay framework for upcoming initiatives and campaigns. ► Represent Commissioner of Education at briefings, legislative hearings, plenary and breakout sessions, and discussion forums, including the Texas Tribune Festival, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Education Commission of the States (ECS), Achieve, and the Aspen Institute. ► Serve as agency’s key point of contact to U.S. Department of Education on the Texas ESEA Waiver and ESSA implementation. Texas Education Agency Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Programs Company NameTexas Education Agency Dates Employed2007 – 2013 Employment Duration6 yrs LocationAustin, Texas Delivered policy insights, actionable intelligence, and general advisement to Commissioner of Education on all matters relating to educational curriculums, assessments, accountability, educator quality, school accreditation and improvements, and state and federal policies; provided strategic advice and counsel to the chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE) on national and state education policy. Oversaw staff involvement and protocol adherence at all SBOE meetings. ► Served nationally, networking with deputies and chiefs in other states, to promote Texas education policies, improve State’s profile across all political sectors, and influence policies in other states that strengthened Texas initiatives and policy advancements. ► Testified on behalf of the TEA’s Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR); worked bipartisanly to create strategic alliances, establish footholds of support for funding the commissioner’s key policy initiatives. ► Worked with the SBOE to implement education policy under statutory jurisdiction; developed curriculum standards and instructional material adoption aligned with data and evidence that secured best match with leading-edge educational research and strategies to support instruction in reading and math for English language learners. Texas Education Agency Senior Advisor, Education Initiatives Company NameTexas Education Agency Dates Employed2007 – 2007 Employment Durationless than a year LocationAustin, Texas Managed office of Education Initiatives, a division within Office of the Chief Deputy, led Governor-appointed Commission for a College Ready Texas (CCRT), and performed as strategic liaison to Chief Deputy Commissioner to other divisions in order to ensure broadest implementation of initiatives, including the Texas High School Project (THSP), Texas Educator Excellence Grants (TEEG), Early College High Schools (ECHS), Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (TSTEM), and Career and College Readiness Standards (CCRS). ► Worked across the aisle to address and resolve concerns, shield efforts from distracting influences, calm frustration points, manage dominant personalities, cultivate the win-wins, prepare leaders for what was ahead, win support, and strengthen Texas Education Agency and Commissioner of Education impressions to gain alignments critical to success of initiatives.