The only organization dedicated solely to helping state boards advance equity and excellence in public education.


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Tiffany Lucas

Tiffany Lucas is the chair of the National Council of State Education Attorneys.  Tiffany began her public sector legal career in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office in 2004.  Since 2011, she has worked in the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office practicing education law.


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Alicia Williams

Since joining the Arizona State Board of Education staff in July 2016, Williams has served as the Deputy Director of Policy and Initiatives and, since November 2017, as Executive Director. She brings to the Arizona State Board of Education experience in public K-12 education, having served as a teacher and administrator in Title I schools […]


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Fern Desjardins

Fern Desjardins was nominated to the Maine State Board of Education by former Governor Paul LePage and was confirmed by the Maine Senate in April 2018 for a term of 5 years. She currently serves on the state board’s construction committee and sits on the Maine Charter School Commission. In the past, Desjardins has served […]


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Christine Benson

Dr. Christine Benson is a member of the Illinois State Board of Education. She is a retired career educator with 35 years of experience, 17 as a teacher and 18 as an administrator in Illinois public elementary, middle, and high schools. She served as a central office administrator focusing on budget management, curriculum development, and […]


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Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Education in 2018 by Governor Asa Hutchinson to represent Arkansas’ first congressional district. A resident of Stuttgart, Moore taught elementary school in the Stuttgart School District and then worked at the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. In addition, she has worked […]


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Audrey Noble

Dr. Audrey J. Noble was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor John Carney and confirmed by the State Senate on March 14, 2018. Dr. Noble received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish/French/Secondary Education from Westminster College in 1971. She later received a Masters of Education in Counselor Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1974. She […]


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Jason Dean

Jason Dean, Ph.D. is chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Education. He is the vice president of Tenax Aerospace, an aerospace company based in Madison, Miss. Previously he was the vice president of the Mississippi Economic Council and was a policy adviser to Governor Haley Barbour. He was a White House Fellow and was […]


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Janet Cannon

Janet Cannon was first elected to the Utah State Board of Education in 1994. She was subsequently re-elected and served on the Board through 2012. After a four-year hiatus, she is back serving a fifth term on the Utah State Board of Education. She is a strong advocate of NASBE and previously served as western area […]