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.


 

Paolo DeMaria

Paolo DeMaria
President and CEO

Paolo DeMaria is president and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education. He recently retired as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio after five years of service. In that role his proudest accomplishment was the collaborative development of Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education that continues to […]

paolo.demaria@nasbe.org






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


Northeastern Liaison





Joseph Hedger

Joseph Hedger
Program Manager and Editor

Joseph (Joey) Hedger supports the writing, editing, and production of NASBE’s publications, including the State Education Standard. He also works on the health and wellness and early childhood education policy areas, staffs NASBE’s Public Education Positions Committee, and has written on topics such as early literacy, lead in drinking water, and substance abuse. Previously, he […]

joseph.hedger@nasbe.org


Northeastern 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


Central Liaison





Celina Pierrottet

Celina Pierrottet
Associate Director of Student Wellness

Celina Pierrottet manages NASBE’s work on student wellness. She oversees grant projects and member services that provide state policymakers with evidence-based practices and technical assistance to ensure all students can learn and thrive in healthy school environments. After earning a Master of Arts in Education from the College of William and Mary, Pierrottet spent six […]

celina.pierrottet@nasbe.org


Western Liaison





Abigail Potts

Abigail Potts
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Planning

Abigail (Abby) Potts works to engage and empower members to lead and advocate in federal and state policy in the best interest of students, educators, and families. She tracks key policy issues where state boards will play a critical leadership role, synthesizes research and evidence on member policy priorities, and facilitates the work of NASBE’s […]

abigail.potts@nasbe.org


Western Liaison





Renée Rybak Lang

Renée Rybak Lang
Communications Director

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 […]

renee.lang@nasbe.org


Southern Liaison







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