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



All organizations are defined by their people, and NASBE is fortunate to have a talented, experienced team of full‐time staff.


 

Megan Blanco

Megan Blanco
Director of Safe and Healthy Schools

Megan Blanco’s policy work focuses on student health and well-being. She brings more than a decade of experience in education delivery, policy analysis, coalition building, and government relations to this work. Blanco served as a senior legislative assistant at the Corporation for National and Community Service under two presidential administrations before joining NASBE. In this […]

megan.blanco@nasbe.org
703-740-4827


Central Liaison





Sharon Cannon

Sharon Cannon
Director of Operations

Sharon Cannon is NASBE’s director of operations. Most recently she was a project specialist in the education program at the American Institutes for Research.  Prior to her stint at AIR, Cannon was the business manager at Education Sector, where she oversaw human resources, accounting, and managed the organization’s events, while also serving as liaison to the […]

sharon.cannon@nasbe.org
703-740-4824


Western Liaison





Winona Hao

Winona Hao
Director of Early Learning

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 […]

winona.hao@nasbe.org
703-740-4834


Northeastern Liaison





Joseph Hedger

Joseph Hedger
Associate Editor

Joseph (Joey) Hedger, associate editor, assists in the writing, editing, and production of NASBE’s reports and the State Education Standard. Previously, he was assistant editor at the American Correctional Association, where he edited its magazine, Corrections Today, and wrote on correctional programs and practices. Born and raised in Florida, Hedger moved to Virginia, after receiving […]

joseph.hedger@nasbe.org
703-740-4822


Northeastern Liaison





Robert Hull

Robert Hull
President and CEO

President and CEO Robert Hull came to NASBE in 2014, capping a 40-year career in education reform. He first directed NASBE’s work on college, career, and civic readiness before being named deputy director, and NASBE’s Board of Directors chose him to lead the association in 2018. Hull brings classroom, administrative, and policy experience to his […]

robert.hull@nasbe.org
703-740-4837


Western Liaison





Valerie Norville

Valerie Norville
Editorial Director

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 […]

valerie.norville@nasbe.org
703-740-4825


Central Liaison





Abigail Potts

Abigail Potts
Director of College, Career, and Civic Readiness

Abigail Potts is the NASBE’s director of college, career, and civic readiness. Potts brings over 10 years of experience in federal and state education policy along with a passion for data and educational equity. She previously served as a research scientist at the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). At NCES, she […]

abigail.potts@nasbe.org
703.740.4823


Southern Liaison





Renée Rybak Lang

Renée Rybak Lang
Communications Director

Renée Rybak Lang, communications director, oversees all of NASBE’s communications efforts. Lang has worked in education policy for more than 10 years and brings a wealth of strategic communications, online, and social media expertise to NASBE. Lang also regularly advises education nonprofits on social media and web strategy and has presented at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology […]

renee.lang@nasbe.org
703-740-4841


Southern Liaison







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