Martha Kanter, the nominee for U.S. undersecretary of education, will give a talk on education issues Friday at Hewlett Packard headquarters in Palo Alto.
Kanter is currently the chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. She was nominated for the undersecretary post in April by President Barack Obama and awaits confirmation by Congress.
Kanter will be speaking about the state of education, particularly higher education, during a lunchtime event sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday at HP headquarters, 3000 Hanover St.
If confirmed, Kanter would report to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and oversee policies, programs and activities related to post-secondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid.
She holds a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree in education with a concentration in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University.
"HP's commitment to education extends back many decades, so we're excited that one of Silicon Valley's education leaders has been nominated to serve in the U.S. Department of Education," Yvonne Hunt, director of HP Global Social Investment, said in a statement.
"Martha's wealth of knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our nation's leaders as they tackle the urgent challenges in education facing our country today," Hunt said.