United Voices for Education

 

Steering Committee:

Arnold Fege, Chair
Director
Public Engagement and Advocacy/Public Education Network
601 13th Street, NW, Suite 710 South
Washington, DC 20005
202-628-7460
afege@publiceducation.org
www.publiceducation.org
Mission: To build public demand and mobilize resources for quality public education for all children through a national constituency of local education funds and individuals.
 
Molly McCloskey, Vice Chair
Director, Constituent Partnerships
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
1703 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
703-578-9600  ext 5475
mmccloskey@ascd.org
www.ascd.org
Mission: Advocating sound policies and sharing best practices to achieve the success of each learner.

Dr. Charlotte Frank
Chair, Board of Directors
Operation Respect
Senior Vice President
Research and Development
McGraw-Hill Education
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 50th Floor
New York, NY 10020
212-512-6512
charlotte_frank@mcgraw-hill.com
www.mcgraw-hill.com
Mission: To address virtually every aspect of the education market from pre-K through professional learning. Using traditional materials, online learning and multimedia tools, we empower the growth of teachers, professionals and students of all ages.

Bob Lynch
President
Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
202-371-2830
rllynch@artsusa.org <mailto:rllynch@artsusa.org>
www.artsusa.org
Mission: Dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

David Osher
Managing Director
American Institutes for Research
And Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-342-5000
dosher@air.org
www.casel.org
Mission: Enhance children's success in school and life by promoting coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.

Susan Traiman
Director of Public Policy
Business Roundtable
1717 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
202-872-1260
straiman@businessroundtable.org
www.businessroundtable.org
Mission: Committed to advocating public policies that ensure vigorous economic growth, a dynamic global economy, and a well-trained and productive U.S. workforce essential for future competitiveness.

Peter Yarrow
President and Founder
Operation Respect
2 Penn Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10121
212-580-5308
pyarrow@operationrespect.org
www.operationrespect.org
Mission: To create respectful, safe and compassionate climates of learning where children’s academic, social and emotional growth can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence.

 

General Membership

Mary Harrill-McClellan
Associate Director for Government Relations
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
1307 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-293-2450
mharrill@aacte.org
www.aacte.org
Mission: To promote the learning of all PK-12 students through high-quality, evidence-based preparation and continuing education for all school personnel.
 
Sharon Adams Taylor
Associate Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators
1801 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209
703-528-0700
sadams@aasa.org
www.aasa.org
Mission: To support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.
 
Greg Cronin
Board Member/Virginia Section
American Camp Association
607 Poplar Drive
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-395-6661
raftandfish@hotmail.com
www.acacamps.org
Mission: To enrich the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp experience.
 
Jennifer Luciano
Senior Associate, Dept. of Legislation
American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-879-4400
jluciano@aft.org
www.aft.org
Mission: To improve the lives of our members and their families, to give voice to their legitimate professional, economic and social aspirations, to strengthen the institutions in which we work, to improve the quality of the services we provide, to bring together all members to assist and support one another and to promote democracy, human rights and freedom in our union, in our nation and throughout the world.
 
Richard Wong
Executive Director
American School Counselors Association
1101 King Street, Suite 625
Alexandria, VA  22314
703-683-2722
richard@schoolcounselor.org
www.schoolcounselor.org
Mission: Supporting school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. 
 
Narric Rome
Director of Federal Affairs
Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
202-371-2830
nrome@artsusa.org
www.artsusa.org
Mission: Dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
 
Kris Minor
Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programs
America's Promise
909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-4500
minork@americaspromise.org
www.americaspromise.org
Mission: To mobilize people from every sector of America to help build the character and competence of America's Youth.
 
Kenneth Holdsman
Deputy Director
Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools/Council for Excellence in Government
P.O. Box 842
Naples, ME  04055
301-335-9501
kholdsman@excelgov.org
www.civicmissionofschools.org
Mission: Works with its coalition partners to bring about changes in state, local, and national policy. The Campaign's goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that
implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report.

Elizabeth Hollander
Executive Director
Campus Compact
P.O. Box 1975
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
401-867-3950
ehollander@compact.org
www.compact.org
Mission: National coalition of over 1000 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning in higher education.
 
Peter Levine
Director
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-2790
plevine@umd.edu  
www.civicyouth.org
Mission: Promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. Although CIRCLE conducts and funds research, not practice, the projects that we support have practical implications for those who work to increase young people's engagement in politics and civic life. CIRCLE is also a clearinghouse for relevant information and scholarship.
 
Joe Mazzola
Executive Director
Character Education Partnership
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1011
Washington, DC 20036
202-296-7743
jmazzola@character.org
www.character.org
Mission: Dedicated to developing young people of good character who become responsible and caring citizens.
 
Merle Schwartz
Director, Education and Research
Character Education Partnership
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1011
Washington, DC 20036
202-296-7743
mschwartz@character.org
www.character.org
Mission: Dedicated to developing young people of good character who become responsible and caring citizens.
 
Marty Blank
Staff Director, Coalition for Community Schools
Institute for Educational Leadership
4455 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20008
202-822-8405
BlankM@iel.org
www.communityschools.org
Mission: To mobilize the resources and capacity of multiple sectors and institutions to create a united movement for community schools.
 
Michael Casserly
Executive Director
Council of Great City Schools
Mission: To educate the nation's most diverse student body to the highest academic standards and prepare them to contribute to our democracy and the global community.
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 702
Washington, DC 20004
202-393-2427
mcasserly@cgcs.org
Www.cgcs.org
 
Larry Dieringer
Executive Director
Educators for Social Responsibility
23 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-492-1764
Ldieringer@esrnational.org
www.esrnational.org
Mission: To help educators create safe, caring, respectful and productive learning environments.
 
Vince Meldrum
President
Earth Force
1908 Mount Vernon Avenue, 2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22301
703-519-6865
vmeldrum@earthforce.org
www.earthforce.org
Mission: Engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.
 
Vito Borello
President
Every Person Influences Children
1000 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-332-4100
borrellov@epicforchildren.org
www.epicforchildren.org
Mission: Helping parents, teachers and community members raise children to become responsible adults.
 
Phillip Lovell
Vice President for Education Policy
First Focus
1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
202.657.0670
PhillipL@firstfocus.net
www.firstfocus.net
Mission: Committed to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

Sam Chaltain
Executive Director
Five Freedoms Project c/o Academy for Educational Development
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW (N1035)
Washington, DC 20009
703-851-7826
schaltain@gmail.com
Mission: The Five Freedoms project is a national citizenship renewal initiative designed to ensure that all of America's young people acquire the skills they need to become visible to the world in meaningful, responsible ways.
 
Dr. Dorothy Rich
Founder and President
MegaSkills Education Center of the Home and School Institute
1500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Special Projects Office/Ste. 042
Washington, DC 20005
202-466-3633
dorothyrich@starpower.net
www.megaskillshsi.org/
Mission: Build success for children, parents and teachers through books, trainings, conference presentations, and partnerships with schools and communities nationally and internationally.
 
Ken Smith
Executive Director
Jobs for America's Graduates
1729 King Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-9479  
www.jag.org
Mission: To keep young people in school through graduation and provide  work-based learning experiences that will lead to  career advancement opportunities or to enroll  in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career.
 
Chad Wick
President and CEO
KnowledgeWorks Foundation
1 West 4th Street, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-929-4777
martinezm@kwfdn.org
www.kwfdn.org
Mission: Increase the number and diversity of people who value and access education, by creating and improving educational opportunity at pre-kindergarten through high school and post-high school institutions, and through community organizations.
 
Deborah B. Reeve, Ed.D.
Executive Director
National Art Education Association
1916 Association Drive
Reston, VA  20191-1590
703-860-8000
dreeve@naea-reston.org
www.NAEA-Reston.org
Mission: To promote art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership.

Abbie Evans
Assistant Director of Government Relations
National Association of Elementary School Principals
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-3345
aevans@naesp.org
www.naesp.org
Mission: To lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.
 
Ann Walker
Associate Executive Director, Retired
National Association of Elementary School Principals
213 Inverness Lane
Ft. Washington, MD 20744
301-292-2187
awalker50@comcast.net
 
Mike Blakeslee
Deputy Executive Director
National Association for Music Education (MENC)
1806 Robert Fulton Drive
Reston, VA 20191
703-860-4000
mikeb@menc.org
www.menc.org
Mission: To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.
 
Amanda Karhause
Government Relations Manager
National Association of Secondary School Principals
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
703-860-0200
karhusea@principals.org
www.nassp.org
Mission: To promote excellence in school leadership.
 
JoAnn Henderson
Executive Director
National Center for Learning and Citizenship
Education Commission of the States
700 Broadway, Suite 1300
Denver, CO 80203
303-299-3636
jhenderson@ecs.org
Www.ecs.org
Mission: To assist state and local leaders to promote, support and reward citizenship education as an essential component of America's education system.
 
Jim Kohlmoos
President
National Education Knowledge Industry Association
1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009
202-518-0847
kohlmoos@nekia.org
Www.nekia.org
Mission: To advance the development and use of knowledge-based solutions to improve schools and help all students achieve.
 
Bela Shah
Senior Program Associate
National League of Cities
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20004
202-626-3000
shah@nlc.org
www.nlc.org
Mission: Strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.
 
Betty Edwards
Executive Director
National Middle School Association
4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300
Westerville, OH 43081
614-895-4730
mhenton@nmsa.org
www.nmsa.org
Mission: Helping achieve successful schools for young adolescents.
 
Nelda Brown
Executive Director
National Service Learning Partnership at the Academy for Educational Development
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-884-8595
nbrown@aed.org
www.service-learningpartnership.org
Mission: Dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education.

Margaret Vassilikos
Senior Vice President/Treasurer
Newspaper Association of America Foundation
1921 Gallows Road, Suite 600
Vienna, VA 22182
703-902-1600
margaret.vassilikos@naa.org
www.naa.org
Mission: The Newspaper Association of America Foundation strives to develop engaged and literate citizens in our diverse society through investment in and support of programs designed to enhance student achievement through newspaper readership and appreciation of the First Amendment.
 
Sandy Woodcock
Director
Newspaper Association of America Foundation
1921 Gallows Road, Suite 600
Vienna, VA 22182
703-902-1600
woods@naa.org
www.naa.org
Mission: The Newspaper Association of America Foundation strives to develop engaged and literate citizens in our diverse society through investment in and support of programs designed to enhance student achievement through newspaper readership and appreciation of the First Amendment.
 
Joe Baust
Director/Professor
Center for Environmental Education/Murray State University
Past President, North American Association for Environmental Education
3201 Alexander Hall
Murray, KY 42071
270-809-2537
joe.baust@coe.murraystate.edu
http://coekate.murraystate.edu/cee/
Mission: Provides Murray State University (MSU) and the greater western Kentucky region with environmental education guidance, programming, and materials.
 
Brian Day
Executive Director
North American Association for Environmental Education
2000 P Street NW, Suite 540
Washington, DC 20036
202-419-0413
bday@naaee.org
www.naaee.org
Mission: Promotes excellence in environmental education and serves environmental educators for the purpose of achieving environmental literacy in order for present and future generations to benefit from a safe and healthy environment and a better quality of life.
 
Sue Bumpous
Communications Director
North American Association for Environmental Education
2000 P Street NW, Suite 540
Washington, DC 20036
202-419-0413
sbumpous@naaee.org
www.naaee.org
Mission: Promotes excellence in environmental education and serves environmental educators for the purpose of achieving environmental literacy in order for present and future generations to benefit from a safe and healthy environment and a better quality of life. 
 
Ira Sockowitz
Executive Vice President/Public Affairs
Ready to Learn Partnership
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1012
Washington, DC 20036
202-857-1470
ira.sockowitz@rtlp.org
www.rtlp.org
Mission: Dedicated to leveraging federal funds with for-profit and not-for-profit resources to create highly engaging media products and sustainable outreach services designed to develop young children's emergent literacy skills with a primary emphasis on the needs of children from low income families.
 
Myrna Mandlawitz
Government Relations
School Social Work Association
3921 N. Meridian St, Suite 225
Indianapolis, IN 46208
202-686-1637
mandlawitz@verizon.net
www.sswaa.org

Barbara Trader
Executive Director
TASH/Association of People with Disabilities
1025 Vermont Avenue, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
202-263-5600
btrader@tash.org
www.tash.org
Mission: TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.
 
Ellen Dempsey
President
Teachers Network
285 West Broadway, Suite 540
New York, NY 10013
212-966-5582
edempsey@teachersnetwork.org
www.teachersnetwork.org
Mission: To empower, recognize, and connect teachers to improve student learning, and to advocate for teacher leadership, all for the public good.
 
Mike Minks
Civic Engagement Manager
Youth Service America
1101 15th Street, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
202-296-2992
mminks@ysa.org
www.ysa.org
Mission: Building a global culture of engaged youth who are committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement.


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