Libia Gil was named assistant deputy secretary and director of the Office of English Language Acquisition by President Obama in 2013. Prior to joining the Department, Gil was vice president for practice at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning in Chicago. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington. As superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District she was awarded the annual Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. She is renowned for her work in redesigning central office roles and functions to serve and support teaching and learning in the classrooms.