Learning First Alliance Welcomes New Board Member Kristen Amundson from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Amundson brings two decades of experience to LFA’s board as Alliance continues its work for the advancement of public education
Washington, D.C. – September 17, 2013 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 15 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools, welcomes Kristen Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), to its board. Amundson brings more than two decades of experience as a policymaker to her recently-appointed position at NASBE, which represents America’s state and territorial boards of education, as well as to this position within the LFA.
“Kristen’s wealth of experience and expertise in the education field will be a valuable asset to the LFA board and our organization as a whole,” said Cheryl S. Williams, executive director of the Learning First Alliance. “The LFA is dedicated to the advancement of public education through collaborative leadership initiatives and we look forward to continuing our work to ensure long-term school improvement.”
Prior to joining NASBE in July 2013, Amundson represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999-2009. During that time, she was a member of Virginia’s P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Before successfully running for an Assembly seat, Amundson – a former teacher – served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board, including two years as its chairwoman.
Most recently, Amundson was the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank. She writes frequently on education issues and has been published in The Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, among others.
To learn more about the LFA, visit www.learningfirst.org.
About The Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 15 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association for Middle Level Education , International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National School Public Relations Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains www.learningfirst.org, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.