Hanseul Kang was appointed state superintendent of education for the District of Columbia in February 2015. She previously served as chief of staff at the Tennessee Department of Education, where she restructured the department to reflect strategic priorities and created a more streamlined budget process that allowed for improved personnel decision making and better use of resources. In addition, Kang helped implement district and school policies and supports that resulted in Tennessee becoming one of the fastest-improving states in the nation with regard to student achievement.

Prior to joining Tennessee’s education department, Kang worked for Teach For America, where she was a managing director of programs for the organization’s regional office in D.C. She led a team supporting middle and high school teachers in schools across the District and in Prince George’s County. Kang holds a bachelor’s in international politics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.