Carey Taylor Markel was hired by the Colorado Board of Education in October 2011. She brings a broad range of public and private sector experience to her role as Director of State Board Relations, including partner in a law firm in South Carolina and Of Counsel to Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell in Denver. Most recently, Markel served as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Education Unit of the Colorado Department of Law where she provided counsel to the State Board of Education and the Department of Education on a variety of matters and issues. While at the Department of Law, Markel served as general counsel to the Board of Trustees of Western State College of Colorado and provided counsel to other Colorado institutions of higher education. Through her service in the Department of Law, Markel developed an extensive knowledge of P-20 systems. Having grown up with educators, Markel has a deep appreciation for the dedication they bring to the profession. Markel holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University.