Chief of Staff

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Chief of Staff Office

Dr. Jeremy Raley, Chief of Staff

Jeremy Raley served as superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools for seven years before joining VDOE as chief of staff. He began his public education career in Shenandoah County as a physical education teacher and subsequently served as a principal and then as division superintendent.

Department of Policy and Government Relations – Melissa Velazquez, Assistant Superintendent

The mission of the Department of Policy and Government Relations is to assist the Virginia Board of Education, the governor and the General Assembly in the development of legislation, regulations, and policies that promote student learning and achievement and to provide timely and accurate information about public education in the commonwealth. Department staff serve as liaison to the Board and support the Board in promoting education reform. The department monitors federal policies and refers them to other divisions for oversight.

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Department of Human Resources - Almas Floyd, Assistant Superintendent

The Office of Human Resources is responsible for providing support and guidance to the Department of Education's employees throughout the full employee lifecycle. The functions of the Human Resources department include hiring and recruitment, onboarding, benefits, compensation, payroll, performance management, development and engagement, employee relations and more.

Department of Strategic Communication - Todd Reid, Assistant Superintendent

 The Department of Strategic Communication maintains working relationships with the news media, educational organizations, and school divisions to ensure timely distributing of accurate information concerning the Board of Education policies and the Agency actions.