“It says that how they do their work is as important as the work itself. It undergirds the ability of the board, staff, and volunteers to serve our members and mission. The benefit to the membership is a transparent, mission-focused organization that spends its resources on organizational priorities,” he said.

Jobe said that Lewis was a good choice to lead ISTE going forward, because his understanding of the education community and “its structures, issues, operations, and challenges” will allow ISTE to work with colleagues on mutual issues and “bolster our strength in influencing state and federal policy.”

“His extensive relationships in Washington, D.C., will help position the organization and our membership to have a strong voice in education policy discussions and decisions,” she said.

Lewis previously was chief strategy officer and interim CEO for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and also has served as executive director of the California Association of School Business Officials and director of governmental relations for the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association.

Besides ed-tech leadership and advocacy issues, Lewis says much of ISTE’s focus will be on shaping the debate about school reform, including the role of the Common Core State Standards in the U.S. and mobile technology and its influence in developing countries.

“I’m a student-focused education advocate,” said Lewis. “I believe we can’t lose sight of our responsibilities to help students reach their potential.”

See also:

ISTE 2012: Educators seek the brass ring of student engagement