Eileen Frazier, Chief Administrative Officer

Eileen Frazier serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of NSBA, where she is responsible for aligning and developing key organizational functions to maximize effectiveness and leads NSBA’s finance, pension oversight, board operations, talent management and engagement, information technologies, and facilities and office management. Frazier most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington—the third largest Jewish community in the country—where she oversaw the federation’s $25 million budget and supervised all aspects of its administration, including its work with more than 100 local agencies, national organizations, and overseas partners. She has advanced the Jewish Federation’s goals for more than 25 years, including serving as interim CEO in 2017 and 2010 to 2011. Additionally, Frazier brings extensive governance experience. From 2015 to 2019, she served as lead staff member for organizational governance, planning and implementing all governance meetings for an executive committee of approximately 20 people and a board of approximately 160 people. Frazier received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Chief Transformation Officer

Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., serves as the Chief Transformation Officer of NSBA where she takes a lead role in executing the organization’s transformation around member engagement, as well as building upon the progress in member services and equity. She sets the tone, spurs enthusiasm, and challenges conventional wisdom to drive transformational change. McCotter-Jacobs previously served for three years as NSBA’s Chief Equity & Member Services Officer where she took action toward equity, equality, and social justice. The equity program at NSBA is designed to identify discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs in education policy. McCotter-Jacobs expands on NSBA work while overseeing staff development and improving upon the effectiveness of the organization’s mission. Prior to joining NSBA, Jacobs served as Chair of the Board of Education in one of the nation’s largest school districts. During her ten-year tenure as a school board member, she held several leadership roles as President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, and as Chair of the National School Boards’ Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE). She retired as the Division Chief of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Legal Affairs in Prince George’s County government. She maintains her licensed attorney status in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., Chief Legal Officer

Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. is the Chief Legal Officer of NSBA. A proud product of our public schools, Negrón is a leading national advocate for public schools, directing NSBA’s nationally recognized Legal Advocacy Program, which files more amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts across the country each year than all national education associations combined. Negrón also leads the 3,200-member Council of School Attorneys, the national network of lawyers representing K-12 public schools. He is also a member of the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia, Florida, and all federal circuit courts of appeals. Negrón regularly appears in national media outlets as a spokesperson for public schools. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of West Florida.

Chip Slaven, Chief Advocacy Officer

Chip Slaven is the Chief Advocacy Officer for NSBA, where he leads the Federal Advocacy & Public Policy group, which represents state school board associations and their members before the U.S. Congress and the Administration. The team of government relations professionals he leads works on a range of financial, social, and technical issues important to K-12 education. He also heads the efforts of the National School Boards Action Center, NSBA’s national grassroots organization, and the Center for Public Education, NSBA’s research tank, which examines issues impacting public education. Slaven brings deep government relations experience having served as director of federal policy and intergovernmental affairs for Governor Robert E. Wise, Jr. of West Virginia and district director for former U.S. Representative Wise. Prior to NSBA Slaven served as Counsel to the President and Senior Advocacy Advisor at the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed). Slaven is a proud product of the public schools and received his undergraduate and law degrees from West Virginia University. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and State of West Virginia.