Deborah Rigsby

Deborah Rigsby
Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation

Deborah Rigsby is the Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation at the National School Boards Association, where her portfolio includes advocacy for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, federal education investments, and school infrastructure. She is a past president of the Committee for Education Funding, a national coalition of more than 100 education groups representing early education and child development, K-12 schools, and higher education.

Prior to joining NSBA, Rigsby was a senior legislative counsel at the National League of Cities, advocating priorities for more than 18,000 cities and towns in the areas of homeland security and municipal finance. She was also an aide to the City Council of Jackson, Mississippi, where she worked to address a range of priorities such as community development and affordable housing.

Rigsby is a graduate of Jackson State University and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She was also a Chips Quinn Scholar at the Freedom Forum/Newseum Institute and a fellow at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

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