With a decade of experience as an education advisor on Capitol Hill, Lillian Pace is working to bridge the divide between Washington and the education system by providing policymakers and national leaders with insight into successful education reform. A veteran policy expert, Pace works to craft and advance KnowledgeWorks’ federal policy agenda, advocating for policy conditions that empower state, community, and school-level transformation.
In addition to the national network of KnowledgeWorks’ professionals and affiliates, she works closely with other education, philanthropic, non-profit, and business organizations to forge partnerships around the world of learning.
Pace came to KnowledgeWorks after directing the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Dale Kildee (MI). As the Subcommittee Director, Pace worked with colleagues from both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In this capacity, she managed the legislative drafting process for various sections of the proposed reauthorization, and provided insight on every title of the law.
Pace also managed work for other major education initiatives under the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction including the Head Start Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Before joining the Committee, Pace served in various legislative and communications roles for a number of Congressional offices. Pace was Legislative Director for Rep. John Yarmuth (KY) during his tenure on the House Education and Labor Committee. As the Congressman’s chief policy advisor, Pace drafted his education and labor agenda focusing heavily on K-12 reform and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Pace also served as Communications Director for Congressmen Marion Berry (AR) and Ben Chandler (KY) where she served as the primary contact for media requests and crafted all key messaging documents including speeches, op-eds, newsletters, talking points, and outreach letters
Pace received her Masters of Public Policy degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a focus in Urban Policy and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy and Journalism from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.She lives and works on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.