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Kristen Amundson brings more than two decades of experience as a policymaker to NASBE. She represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999-2009. During that time, she was a member of Virginia’s P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Before successfully running for an Assembly seat, Amundson—a former teacher— served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board, including two years as its chairwoman. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank. She writes frequently on education issues and has been published in The Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, among others.
Senior Communications Manager
Serves as NASBE's principal external communications contact. He is also managing editor of NASBE's policy journal, The State Education Standard, and is editor of NASBE’s e-publications – the weekly Headline Review and the monthly Healthline Review. Steve also has a hand in editing much of the published content produced by NASBE, and is content coordinator of the NASBE website.
Project Director - School Discipline
As the director of NASBE's school discipline initiative, Kimberly is working to raise the consciousness of state policymakers on issues related to the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. This work centers around increasing the capacity of state boards of education to build effective statewide networks that improve students' educational outcomes and reduce their involvement in the juvenile justice system. She also leads business development on issues related to youth sport concussion and academic achievement.
Project Associate - Health Policies Database
Responsible for managing the School Health Policy Database of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools. Serves part-time tracking new legislation, maintaining current content and responding to user inquiries.
Project Director - Next Generation Science Standards
As the Director of NASBE’s Next Generation Science Standards project, Francis will work with state boards of education so that they better understand the science standards and the implications for the implementing them. This effort is to ensure state boards have a strong knowledge base of the science standards so they can make informed decisions about communications, state plans and, if they choose, to adopt and implement the Next Generation Science Standards. The following support will be available to state boards of education: Policy Updates, online support, Regional Symposia, individualized assistance, and a communication toolkit. State boards will also have the opportunity to learn from each other.
Deputy Executive Director
Brad Hull's education and experience extends from classical music performer, to college instructor, policy maker, education researcher, and administrator. He demonstrates expertise in research methods in the education/social sciences and in history/cultural studies, extensive and varied experiences in teaching and educational leadership, and working knowledge of public policy development and of legislative and advocacy processes.Currently Dr. Hull is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the National Association of State Boards of Education. Working closely with the Executive Directory/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hull works to ensure the comprehensive implementation of the strategic plan, functions alongside the Executive Director as the voice of NASBE, develops and strengthens partnerships and relations with other organizations and education constituents, and oversees all staff and department functions.
Manager of Administration & Meetings
Provides administrative support primarily to NASBE's Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and the Board of Directors. Prepares materials for the Board and transcribes minutes from Board meetings. Other tasks include conference preparations, word processing, mailings to the Board of Directors and NASBE committee members, and regular phone contact with the Board of Directors and state board members across the country. Coordinate all internal and external meetings.
Fulfills publication requests and maintains records of all publication activity. Provides administrative support to the Accounting Department. Also, acts as liaison to the IT maintenance of NASBE support infra-structure and office equipment. In addition, assists NASBE staff with mailings and other administrative duties.
Director of Knowledge Resources
Editor of NASBE's policy journal, The State Education Standard, David is also responsible for developing and editing or writing all other documents included in NASBE's Member Information Resources Binder, as well as the major NASBE reports and other published materials of the Association. He oversees NASBE's publications division, which in addition to printed materials includes the Chair's Headline Review, the content of the website, desktop publishing, working with designers and printers, marketing, sales, answering inquiries from state board members or the public about NASBE's publications.
Project Director - Center for Safe and Healthy Schools
Project Director for the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools by working with state and local education agencies to help strengthen policies and programs. Researches and writes on various school health policy issues.
Project Director for the Common Core State Standards
Efrain came to NASBE from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as the Lead Strategist for the Common Core State Standards. Previously he was director of Outreach at the National Center for Educational Achievement at ACT.
Project Specialist-Deeper Learning Project
Ace Parsi is a Project Specialist working on Deeper Learning issues. He is the main point of contact related to this work and as part of the Deeper Learning work, Ace builds partnership coalitions, authors resources such as Policy Updates and a Deeper Learning Discussion Guide, provides individualized assistance to state boards, plans and conducts in-state tailored workshops on deeper learning, coordinates speakers and agendas for conference sessions and online seminars, and promotes positive communications strategies for state boards and NASBE.