Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Noe Ortega most recently served as secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a position he held since the fall of 2020. Prior to accepting his appointment as secretary, Ortega held the role of deputy secretary and commissioner for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As commissioner, he led the work of the agency aimed at closing the postsecondary attainment gaps that have persisted among historically underrepresented populations and communities of color in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Ortega facilitated the efforts of the department to improve the diversity of Pennsylvania’s educator workforce and to ensure that every student of the Commonwealth has access to educators who have been trained in culturally responsive and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom.
Ortega received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Edwards University (TX), a Master of Science in school counseling from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and his Ph.D. in higher education policy from the University of Michigan.