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Winona Hao

Winona Hao, manages NASBE’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) work. She provides state policymakers with ECE policy trends, analyses, and technical assistance. Hao oversees NASBE’s ECE State Network where she supports state teams and works with national partners to advance the workforce for children from birth through age eight. For eight years, Hao taught children from […]


Valerie Norville

Valerie Norville, editorial director, manages NASBE publications, including its reports and The State Education Standard. Norville commissions authors, edits, manages design and production, and coordinates on NASBE outreach efforts.  She is an editor and publishing manager with 30 years’ experience producing content that makes cutting-edge research and technical expertise accessible to policy audiences.  Previously, she […]


Renée Rybak Lang

Renée Rybak Lang oversees all of NASBE’s communications efforts. Lang has worked in education policy for nearly 20 years and brings a wealth of strategic communications, online, and social media expertise to NASBE. Previously, Lang was communications manager of Education Sector, where she developed strategies to reach policymakers and other key audiences and established the […]


Rachel Wise

Rachel Wise, elected to the Nebraska State Board of Education in 2013, has been involved in the education for over 30 years, beginning her career as a teacher in Tekamah, Neb. Wise also taught at Winnebago Public Schools, Logan View Public Schools and Wayne State College. She has also held positions in administrative and management […]