Terrell Halaska is a partner at HCM Strategists. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Halaska the assistant secretary of education for legislation and congressional affairs. She was a member of the senior strategic management team and served as the agency’s key negotiator with Congress on several key initiatives
Ms. Halaska also served as special assistant to the President for domestic policy at the White House, advising the President, domestic policy advisor, and other senior White House staff. She was responsible for developing and advancing administration policies on family and children’s issues, including early childhood education, welfare reform, child welfare, adoption, housing, and homelessness.
Ms. Halaska joined the White House staff following her role as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a member of Secretary Tommy Thompson’s senior strategic management team, she oversaw policy development on a number of issues, including stem cell research and international and domestic HIV/AIDS. Previously, Ms. Halaska directed the state of Wisconsin’s Washington office, and on Capitol Hill, she was press secretary to Congressman Scott Klug (R-WI).
Ms. Halaska earned a master’s degree in policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego.