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Challenges, Transformations, and Triumphs


Full of challenge and change, 2020 was like no other year. It began with a celebration of NSBA’s 80-year legacy—80 years of advocacy and commitment to America’s most vital institution, its public school system.


Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Just as public education had to transform over the past year, NSBA also embarked on a transformation. We hired Anna Maria Chávez as our new CEO and executive director and began a strategic learning process to transform into a more innovative and responsive organization that advances our members' growth and success.


At the same time, we advocated for and successfully obtained federal relief funding; promoted access, equity, and innovation in public education; and provided our members with essential resources and other supports.


The State of the Association animated presentation, video, and ASBJ article below represent a snapshot of this work and our ongoing transformation.


2020 Animated State of the Association

In a brand-new animated web format—modernized for a transformational year—is NSBA’s 2020 State of the Association overview.

Graphic of the SOTA animated overview



NSBA Now! 2020 State of the Association

Graphic photo of Anna Maria Chavez State of the Association View NSBA CEO Anna Maria Chávez’s two-minute presentation of NSBA Now! 2020 State of the Association.








American School Board Journal Article

NSBA State of the Association ASBJ article coverRead Anna Maria Chávez’s 2020 State of the Association address to NSBA’s Delegate Assembly, including interviews with NSBA 2021-22 President Viola Garcia and past and present NSBA board members. Download a PDF of the article.