Hanna Skandera has over two decades of executive leadership experience to a variety of national and state-level private, public and not-for-profit organizations serving rural, suburban and urban settings. As a community college graduate, she knows the value and opportunity SBCCOE presents to transform the lives of its students.
Currently, Skandera is CEO of Mile High Strategies serving as an education and employability entrepreneur, thought leader, senior advisor and executive coach in leadership development and strategy, growing organizational impact, and transforming organizational culture. Skandera is also Editor and Chief of The Line, Founder of Pathway 2 Tomorrow, Chief in Residence with Chiefs for Change, Superintendent in Residence with the Broad Center and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Recently, Skandera served as Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico under Susana Martinez. In this role, Skandera oversaw a budget of $2.7B, created a high-performing team of more than 300 employees, while cutting the agency operating budget by one-third. She realized record-breaking outcomes, including graduation rates reaching an all-time high—up 10 percentage points, AP course enrollment more than doubling, a one-third increase in the number of high-achieving schools and the dramatic reduction of high school graduates’ college remediation rates--down 17 percentage points.
Previously, Skandera served as Undersecretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deputy Commissioner for Governor Jeb Bush and Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Hanna was also a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Pahara-Aspen Institute fellow. Skandera graduated cum laude with a degree in business from Sonoma State University and graduated Valedictorian from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Public Policy.
She also serves on the Great Cities, Great Schools Advisory Committee, Uncharted Learning Advisory Board, Code.org Board, Pepperdine School of Public Policy Advisory Committee, is Chair of the George W. Bush Center Education Advisory Board and former Chair of Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan policy and advocacy organization she launched.