Ms. Bireda is an attorney at Sanford Hiesler, LLP, a national civil rights law firm. Long active in education policy, Ms. Bireda previously worked for the U.S. Department of Education where she served as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel. There she developed a litigation strategy, advised on legal issues and led complex investigations on a variety of education matters. She also served as senior counsel at the Department’s Office of Civil Rights, where she advised on matters regarding discrimination in education. Earlier in her career, Ms. Bireda focused on education issues while working for EducationCounsel LLC, an education consulting firm, and the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute. She practiced law in the private sector in Philadelphia for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Ms. Bireda began her career as a teacher at Sousa Middle School in southeast Washington, DC. Ms. Bireda graduated from Harvard Law School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.