Legislative Conference 2019: Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Legislative Conference 2019: Keynote Speakers and Panelists
Keynote Speakers

Frank T. Brogan serves as the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25, 2018, after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 11, 2017.

Brogan most recently served as chancellor of Pennsylvania’s public universities. He began his career as a fifth-grade teacher in Martin County, Florida, and later served as a dean of students, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent before being elected Florida’s commissioner of education in 1994. Brogan continued his advocacy for public education when he was elected to serve as lieutenant governor of Florida in 1998 and 2002. After five years in that role, he was named president of Florida Atlantic University, a position he held until 2009, when he was selected to serve as chancellor of Florida’s public universities.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes was elected to represent the Fifth District of Connecticut in November 2018, making her the first African-American woman to ever represent the state of Connecticut in Congress. Hayes first garnered widespread notoriety while serving as a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, when she was selected as the Connecticut Teacher of the Year, before going on to earn the distinction of 2016 National Teacher of the Year, leading to an invitation to the White House by then President Barack Obama. In her capacity as NTOY, Hayes traveled the country and the world as an ambassador for public education engaging all stakeholders in policy discussions meant to improve outcomes for students.

Congresswoman Hayes’ story is one of achievement despite the odds and overcoming the obstacles that life can place before you. She has been quoted as saying that “education saved her life” and is a fierce advocate for ensuring that equitable access to educational opportunities exists for all students and families.

She is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Bridgeport. Having earned a BA in history and secondary education, an MA in curriculum and instruction and a degree in administrative leadership.

Congresswoman Hayes will bring the same energy, passion, determination, work ethic and empathy that her community has come to know and respect to the halls of Congress.

Some of the Congresswoman’s legislative priorities will focus on gun violence prevention in all communities, ensuring access to health care for as many Americans as possible, providing equitable access to education and opportunity for all students and working in a bipartisan way to bring positive change to the lives of every person in our community.

Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit Code.org.

A computer science graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he led the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. In a second stint at Microsoft, he was general manager of the MSN portal, delivering its first year of profit. As an entrepreneur, Hadi was on the founding teams of Tellme Networks and iLike, which were acquired by Microsoft and MySpace, respectively.

Hadi has served as an early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook and Dropbox, and as a tech investor his portfolio also includes airbnb, Uber, SpaceX, Zappos, and others. Aside from his investments, Hadi also serves as a director on the boards of Axon and Convoy.

In 2013, Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org, which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes in 25 percent of U.S. classrooms, created the most popular curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students.

Timothy Shriver is the chairman of the board of directors for Special Olympics International. Shriver co-founded and chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is co-chair of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, member of the board of directors for the WPP Group, LLC, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a co-founder of Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company. He has produced four films and is the author of the New York Timesbest-selling book Fully Alive – Discovering What Matters Most.


Scott Stump is the assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 16, 2018, after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump on May 15, 2018.

Stump serves as the principal adviser to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on all matters concerning high school, career, technical and adult education as well as community colleges, the workforce and economic development.

Prior to assuming the role of assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education, Stump served as the chief operating officer of Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions provider devoted to helping individuals, organizations and corporations do good in the world. Before that, Stump served as the assistant provost and state director for career and technical education (CTE) with the Colorado Community College System. During his tenure there, Stump also served as state FFA (Future Farmers of America) advisor, agriculture program director and interim president of Northeastern Junior College during the institution’s presidential search process.

During his seven-year tenure as a state CTE director, Stump served as an officer in the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education. In this role, he served on the National SkillsUSA Board of Directors as the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) liaison.

Stump also served two terms on the Prairie RE11-J school board and one year on the Colorado Association of School Boards board of directors.

Stump received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Purdue University and taught at Manchester High School in North Central Indiana. Before moving to Colorado, he also worked for the National FFA Organization managing the national officer team and the national FFA convention.



Robert Hull is NASBE’s president and CEO. Hull came to NASBE as the inaugural director of the Center for College, Career, and Civic Readiness following a 40-year career in education reform at the school, district, and state levels. After starting his career as an elementary school teacher in West Virginia’s Putnam County School District, Hull served as a principal for eight years prior to moving to district administrative positions. He served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and directed early childhood education, federal programs, and community outreach for the school district during his tenure there. In 2010, Hull joined the West Virginia Department of Education as assistant superintendent of schools in the division of teaching and learning. As the associate state superintendent of schools, Hull oversaw state programs on educator quality, early learning, career and technical innovation, federal programs, and policy development and deployment for Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments. 

Reg Leichty, co-founder of Foresight Law + Policy, advises national education associations, state education agencies, school districts, nonprofit leaders, and companies about federal education, student data privacy, and technology law. His work includes a focus on ESEA, FERPA, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He counsels a wide range of entities about how to work effectively with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and the FCC, and frequently speaks and writes about emerging policy and legal issues in education reform.



Pam Loeb is a principal at Edge Research, where she works with marquee brands to design studies and provide insights that drive their businesses. Loeb has managed hundreds of studies for NGOs and professional associations to improve their communications and public awareness efforts. She has co-authored and presented studies examining the attitudes, values, and behaviors of charitable donors and professional association members. Her studies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The NonProfit Times.



Kate Walsh is president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, where she spearheads efforts to instill transparency and high standards among institutions that exert influence and authority over teachers. She launched the first-ever review and rankings of teacher preparation programs. Walsh worked at The Abell Foundation in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Core Knowledge Foundation. She started and ran a boarding school located in Kenya in order to educate at-risk boys from Baltimore; one of the nation’s premier STEM programs; and the first alternative certification program for teachers in Maryland. Walsh served on the Maryland State Board of Education.




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