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Renée Rybak Lang


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 Conference and the PIE-Network’s annual conference, among others.

Most recently, Lang was communications manager of Education Sector, where she developed integrated communications strategies to reach policymakers and other key audiences and established the think tank’s award-winning social media and web presence. Prior to this, she was special projects coordinator for the 21st Century Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and served as an aide to New York State Senator George Maziarz, where she worked on constituent issues and legislation. Born and raised in western New York, Lang is a graduate of Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., where she studied political science.


Latest Contributions

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We the Media: Communicating in Times of Crisis

By Renée Rybak Lang

Effective, clear communications in uncertain times is critical—for parents, policymakers, and the public.



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We the Media: Social Media Policy for State Boards

By Renée Rybak Lang

The World War II-era posters asserting that “Loose Lips Sink Ships” reminded the public that careless talk could undermine the war effort. Fast forward to today, with more people, including public officials, taking to social media to opine on any number of subjects, an apt advertisement might read, “Loose Tweets Sink Fleets.”



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Working with the Media

By Michael Spaeth and Renée Rybak Lang

Board members can work with the media to help communicate important decisions to stakeholders and build public trust.