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Lucy Gettman and Ronald Skinner Appointed to Executive Roles at National School Boards Association

October 18, 2016

Alexandria, Va., October 18, 2016 – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today announced that Lucy Gettman has been appointed Chief Advocacy Officer and that Ronald Skinner has been has appointed Chief Member Services Officer. Gettman and Skinner are being promoted from interim roles. Both will report to Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Gettman will lead 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 works on a range of financial, social and technical issues important to K-12 education. Gettman played a vital role in advocating for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a landmark law that passed with bipartisan support. The new law brings significant enhancements to public education and provides greater responsibility to local education officials. The consultation provision in ESSA, in particular, recognizes the important role of school board members and their unique insights.

Skinner will lead the Member & Leadership Services group, which provides educational and training support to enhance school board leadership. The group oversees programming and services including NSBA’s National Connection, Council of Urban Schools of Education and several specialty councils, which are platforms for education leaders to network and address challenges facing public education. Member & Leadership Services also develops programs designed to effectively use public funds and offer high quality benefits to school board officials and staff, such as the School Rx Cooperative, an innovative pharmacy benefit program that delivers cost savings to self-funded districts.

“Lucy and Ron are ideal people to join the executive team,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO at NSBA. “They have made many contributions to enhance public education and their commitment to NSBA and their strategic vision ensures the association will continue to fulfill its mission.”

Gettman joined NSBA in 2009 as the Director of Federal Programs and she took on the role of Deputy Associate Executive Director for Federal Advocacy & Public Policy in 2014. This past July, she assumed leadership of the Office of Federal Advocacy & Public Policy as interim Associate Executive Director.

Gettman brings deep government relations experience having served as director of government relations for the Reading Recovery Council of North America, and holding professional positions at the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Attorney General’s office, and the Inter-University Council of Ohio. She also held several leadership positions in Women in Government Relations, a 40-plus year old organization of government relations professionals. For the past five years, Gettman has also been instructing courses related to women and political leadership at American University.

“It’s a tremendous honor to lead the government relations team for the leading advocate for public education,” said Lucy Gettman. “NSBA and I are dedicated to doing everything we can to ensure we are providing every public school child with the opportunity to achieve their full potential.”

Skinner joined NSBA in June of 2015 as the Director of State Association Partnership Services. In August 2016, he accepted the role of interim Associate Executive Director for Member & Leadership Services.

Skinner has a thorough understanding of the unique aspects of an association’s operations and meeting member’s needs. Much of his career has focused on providing association members with high quality service. Before coming to NSBA, Skinner worked for more than nine years as Deputy Executive Director of the Association of School Business Officials International. In that role he led the operations for the 5,000-member professional association. He also has led an education research team at Education Week and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. 

“I’m enthusiastic about leading the Member & Leadership Services team at NSBA,” said Ron Skinner. “Working with our members across the country who are dedicated to educating every child to his or her fullest potential has been a rewarding experience, and I’m looking forward to enhancing their ability to help them achieve their vision.”

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.nsba.org.

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