Former Hewlett Packard Enterprise exec named to senior Education post


The Trump administration said it plans to appoint a former Hewlett Packard Enterprise sales executive and Trump campaign data operations advisor as assistant secretary of management at the Department of Education.

Holly Luong Ham brings perhaps the deepest background in technology of any the Trump administration’s recent appointments to the Education Department. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

Ham served as a management consultant with enterprise technology services firm EDS from 1998 to 2004. She then joined Hewlett Packard, working various sales and business development roles until last August, when she joined the Trump campaign as a program advisor for data operations, according to her LinkedIn profile.

The administration cited her record for supporting families and students in need, serving on the board of directors for Skills for Living, Inc. and for her leadership role as a fellow through The Center for Asian Pacific American Women.

The appointment follows Education Secretary Betsy Devos’ first official announcement of several new senior staff hires last week, including:

  • Josh Venable as chief of staff
  • Dougie Simmons as deputy chief of staff for operations
  • Jason Botel as deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education and acting assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education
  • Ebony Lee as deputy chief of staff for policy
  • Robert Eitel as senior counselor to the secretary
  • James Manning as senior advisor to the under secretary and acting under secretary
  • Jana Toner as White House liaison
  • Candice Jackson as deputy assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights and acting assistant secretary
  • Jose Viana as assistant deputy secretary and director for the Office of English Language Acquisition

The White House also announced last week the nomination of Carlos Muñiz as the Department of Education’s general counsel.