Tuesday, July 12

Tuesday, July 12

Congressional Hill Staff Panel

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Jake Cornett
Senior Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension

Jake Cornett is a senior advisor to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension, and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Appropriations, Budget, and Veterans Affairs. Jake is responsible for disability, LGBT equality, and other civil rights policy across the jurisdiction of the HELP Committee. Jake was a negotiator for the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act.

Before joining Senator Murray’s staff in 2011, Jake served as a fellow for the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, a researcher and analyst in SRI International’s Policy Division, Project Manager at the University of Kansas, and faculty and technical assistance provider to schools across the country. Jake holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Kansas.

Joel Packer
Executive Director (Retired), Committee for Education Funding (CEF)


Joel Packer recently retired as an education advocate after almost 41 years successfully representing various elements of the education community before Congress and the Administration.

His last position was Principal at the Raben Group, a D.C. public policy firm, where he served as the Executive Director of the Committee for Education Funding, helping to create one of the largest coalitions of domestic organizations, NDD United, that led the fight to replace harmful sequester cuts.

Prior to Raben, Joel was at the National Education Association (NEA) for 25 years, most recently as director of educational policy and practice. At NEA, he was responsible for a broad range of key issues, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and was the organization’s lead liaison with the U.S. Department of Education. He previously was a NEA lobbyist, covering issues including higher education, family and medical leave, the Brady bill, school prayer, civil rights, judicial nominations, health care and environmental hazards in schools.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.