PBS is very pleased to congratulate BU Psychology Alumnae Sara Garcia & Terri Tanielian on their recent appointments to federal leadership positions in Education and Veterans mental health support.
Sara Garcia is now at the Department of Education:
Sara Garcia is coming to this position from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While there, she served as a program officer for the North America, Policy and Finance Team. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Garcia worked as a senior research and advocacy manager for the Postsecondary Education Team at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Her work at CAP focused on equity issues within higher education finance as well as higher education access and success. Garcia got her start in D.C. as a higher education fellow for Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellowship program.
Terri Tanielian is now a Special Assistant to the President of Veteran affairs:
Terri Tanielian is a nationally recognized expert in veteran policy as well as mental health policy. Most recently, she served as a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation where she led several landmark studies examining the needs of military service members, veterans, their families, and their caregivers. She has expertise in suicide prevention, sexual assault prevention and response, and behavioral health. In 2019, she served as a RAND Congressional Fellow with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs where she informed evidence-based policy making designed to reduce veteran suicide. She has also served on several national advisory committees related to improving mental health responses to disasters, terrorist incidents, and public health emergencies. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on topics ranging from improving access to and quality of mental health and substance use treatment, improving public health emergency preparedness and response, and improving support systems for veterans, military families, and caregivers. Born in upstate New York, Tanielian graduated from Boston University and received her Master of Arts degree from The American University.