Kennedy is APS Centennial Director
From 1991 to January 1993, Kennedy served as director of the National Institute for Literacy. Prior to this appointment she was a special advisor to the Secretary of Education on the GOALS 2000 educational reforms. She also served as President Reagan's Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy, directing the first White House Conference on Educational Choice and coordinating the White House Conference on Global Change in 1990. In the late 1980s, she held several positions in the Department of Education, including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary and the Under-Secretary.