RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced the first member of his cabinet Monday, selecting Aimee Rogstad Guidera to serve as the next Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth.

Guidera is currently the President of Guidera Strategy and is the former founder and chief executive of the Data Quality Campaign. Before that, she served as the director of the Washington, D.C., office of the National Center for Education Achievement. She is a Maryland native who moved to Virginia with her husband in 1995.
Because of the national spotlight that was on Virginia, we saw people put their hand up all over the country, and Aimee is an extraordinary leader when it comes to understanding excellence in education,” Youngkin said in an interview with WUSA9. “She believes in charter schools, which is a big part of our agenda, she understands what it means to support our entire education system so that our children can be career ready and college ready … And she’s gonna be a great advocate for Virginia’s kids.”

The governor-elect added that he believes Guidera stands united with him in his belief that parents “deserve to have a voice” in the education of their children, reiterating his promise to remove politics from school.