Board of Directors and Officers
President and Director Carrie Wofford
Wofford brings two decades of policy leadership in Washington, including serving as the Senior Counsel across the Committee’s issues on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, where she was described by the The National Journal as someone who “wins high marks.”
Veterans and military service groups, along with Senate and White House staff, credit Wofford with conceiving of, helping to draft, and building support for Executive Order 13607. Wofford also spearheaded legislative work in 2012 with many Senate offices. For her work, Wofford was awarded the 2012 Freedom Award from The Military Coalition; 2012 Congressional Staffer of the Year Award from Vietnam Veterans of America; and 2012 Legislative Proponent of the Year Award from the Association of the U.S. Navy.
A graduate of Yale Law School and Bryn Mawr College, Wofford previously served as Policy Director in the Clinton White House Office of Women’s Initiatives & Outreach; as an Advisor on Women’s Issues to Vice President Al Gore; and as a Special Assistant to Labor Secretary Robert Reich. She also worked as an attorney at WilmerHale LLP.
Vice President and Director Ricki Seidman
Ricki Seidman is a senior principal at TSD Communications, and brings broad experience in communications and policy strategy. She represents such clients as Google, Bechtel, News Corp/MySpace, Napster, the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities and the American Constitution Society.
Seidman’s government experience includes serving as Deputy Associate Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice; chief investigator on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee; White House Deputy Communications Director; Counselor to the White House Chief of Staff; and White House Director of Scheduling and Advance for the President. Most recently, Seidman assisted the Obama White House with the successful confirmation effort for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Seidman also served as communications director to Vice President Joe Biden during the 2008 campaign and headed the 1992 Clinton/Gore “War Room.”
Seidman’s experience in the non-profit sector includes senior positions at Rock the Vote and People for the American Way, and she served as a Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Secretary and Director Tom Tarantino
Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1997-2007 as both an enlisted Civil Affairs Specialist and an active duty Cavalry Officer with deployments to Bosnia (2000) and Iraq (2005).
After leaving the service, Tom joined the DC office of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), eventually serving as IAVA's Chief Policy Officer where he oversaw IAVA’s legislative, research, and political departments. During that time, Tom was also a national media spokesperson for veterans’ issues, regularly appearing across TV, radio, and print.
Currently Tom works as a Senior Public Policy Manager for Twitter Inc., where he is responsible for U.S. state and city government relations at Twitter, manages the Political Action Committee (#PAC), and leads Twitter’s global crisis response program.
Treasurer and Director Bethany Little
Bethany Little is a Principal at EducationCounsel LLC, where she supports foundations, education associations, and other nonprofits with support in advancing improvements in education outcomes from early childhood through higher education.
Little has spent twenty years working in government and non-profit organizations, including the White House, where she was education advisor to President Clinton and Vice President Gore on the Domestic Policy Council, and the U.S. Department of Education. In the U.S. Senate, she served as Chief Education Counsel to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee under two chairmen, Senators Edward Kennedy and Tom Harkin, and as a legislative aide to Senator Patty Murray.
In the non-profit arena, Little was Managing Partner at America Achieves, where she led many of the organization's most critical priorities, including their support for state and local superintendents, the Global Learning Network and their parent engagement initiative. She has also served as an advocate for disadvantaged children as the vice president for policy and advocacy at the Alliance for Excellent Education and the director of government relations for the Children’s Defense Fund. She serves on the boards of the National Center for Teacher Residencies, Veterans Education Success, and Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy.
Director Dan Carey
Dr. Dan Carey served as President of Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin from 2004‐2014. During his tenure, Carey led Edgewood College through remarkable growth and progress especially in four major areas: enhancing campus community, putting students first, expanding and strengthening academic programs, and leading through building strong relationships.
Since retiring as President, Carey has begun to work as a Higher Ed consultant and Executive Coach. He continues to lead a program for those “Aspiring to the College Presidency.”
Prior to serving at Edgewood College, Carey served for nine years as the President of Benedictine College, his alma mater. His success there included building enrollment through effective recruitment strategies and dramatic improvement of student retention. He revitalized the campus through strategic planning and a conservative budgeting philosophy. Carey served as Vice President at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas and with St. Louis University in Missouri.
Dan served as Chair of the Board for the National Association of Independent Colleges. He served on the Board for the Council of Independent Colleges and continues to serve on the Board of the Westerman Foundation.
He earned his B.A. degree from Benedictine College with a major in English, and minors in Philosophy and Education. He received an M.A. in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance and his Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. As part of his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Carey attended Harvard University's “Institute for Educational Management” in 1986. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study and observe educational developments and international education in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.
Dan Carey, Colonel (ret.) is also a decorated Vietnam War veteran. Prior to entering higher education, he was a platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Army. He later served as a Squadron Commander in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He retired as a full Colonel.
His wife, Terri is an artist and has been a librarian and reading specialist. They have two sons, Christopher, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas and Matthew, a CFA and analyst with an investment firm. Dan is proud of fourteen years as a youth coach in basketball, baseball and soccer. The Carey family enjoys international travel and learning about other cultures.