Advocacy Staff

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) serves as the national voice for school board members and public school children. NSBA works closely with its Federation Member leaders to formulate its advocacy agenda and is positioned as a national leader in the formulation and implementation of federal and national education policy.

NSBA's advocacy springs from one essential conviction: Education of our public school children must be the nation's top priority. We are committed to ensuring that the local school board voice is heard in every public policy forum in which education decisions are made or influenced.

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Meet Your Advocacy Team

NSBA’s Advocacy Team is composed of experienced government relations professionals who closely monitor actions on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and in the federal agencies. As an FRN member, you can depend upon them as your resource to help you maximize your school district’s impact on federal and national policies.

Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Section

Reginald M. Felton
Interim Associate Executive Director

Kathleen L. Branch
Director, National Advocacy Services

Mary Mckee
Field Coordinator

Tonja L. King
Administrative Assistant

Federal Relations Department

Deborah Rigsby
Director, Federal Legislation

Lucy Gettman
Director, Federal Programs

Katherine Shek
Legislative Analyst

Matthew Spencer
Legislative Coordinator

Center for Public Education

Patte Barth

Jim Hull
Senior Policy Analyst

Naomi Dillon

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