Sarita E. Brown is President of Excelencia in Education, which she founded in 2004. Excelencia in Education is a 501(c) 3 working to accelerate Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy and practice to serve Latino students. She has spent more than two decades at prominent national educational institutions and the highest levels of government, working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. She started her career at the University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education followed by appointments with educational associations in Washington, D.C. From 1997-2000, she served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Maintaining her commitment to improving the quality of education, Ms. Brown applied her talents and experience to the non-profit sector as Founding President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.