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Cheryl A. Oldham

Cheryl A. Oldham

Vice President of Education Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Vice President, Education and Workforce Program at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Cheryl Oldham is vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and also senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she oversees the work of the Center for Education and Workforce. Cheryl has 25 years of experience in public policy development and implementation as well as in project management and government relations.

Cheryl previously served for 8 years in President George W. Bush’s administration. In July 2008, the president designated Cheryl as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education while also serving as chief of staff to the under secretary of education. As chief of staff, Cheryl was the senior adviser on policy and strategy and oversaw the coordination of the programs and policies for which the office was responsible. In September 2005, the secretary of education appointed Cheryl executive director of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

Cheryl began her career working in the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., handling policy matters under the umbrella of health and human services.