Tanya Clay House

Tanya Clay House, J.D., is the Senior Program Officer for Voting Rights at the State Infrastructure Fund and manages the voting rights portfolio, including all of the national litigation and communications funding.  She also serves as CEO and Co-Founder of ClayHouse Consulting Inc.  Her clients include the NAACP and the National Coalition for School Diversity, and have included the Network for Public Education, African American Policy Forum and more.  Mrs. House is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) at the U.S. Department of Education. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary, she made recommendations for the Assistant Secretary of OPEPD and other senior Department officials on a host of policy initiatives as the leader of the P-12 team in OPEPD.  In addition to the reauthorization and subsequent implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Mrs. House oversaw the development of policy in the P-12 budget and spending plan and was responsible for policy recommendations and decisions for major grant competitions.

Prior to this appointment, Mrs. House served as the Director of the Public Policy Department at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and formerly served as the Public Policy Director at People For the American Way (PFAW).  She was also instrumental in the development, implementation and management of the non-partisan Election Protection coalition.  In 2000, Mrs. House began her political career as Legislative Counsel for United States Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).  From there, she moved to the Senate to work for United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) focusing on civil rights and social policy issues.

Formerly of Louisville, Kentucky, Mrs. House earned her B.A cum laude in political science from the University of Michigan, where she excelled as a varsity track athlete.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas, School of Law in 1999, where she was executive editor of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law and attorney general for the Rocky Mountain Black Law Students Association.  Tanya resides outside of Washington, D.C., in Springfield, VA, with her husband, Damon and their young sons Dillon and Tyler.



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