Learning First Alliance Welcomes Two New Board Members

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools, welcomes Thomas Gentzel, the new executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Brian Lewis, the new chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), to its board.

"Both of these new board members bring a wealth of leadership and education experience to their positions and will be influential in helping LFA continue its work for the advancement of public school education," said Cheryl S. Williams, executive director of the Learning First Alliance. "These individuals, along with our current board members, are vital assets in helping the organization reach its goals."

Thomas Gentzel recently joined NSBA after serving as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) for 11 years, where he represented and served more than 5,000 school directors, administrators and other officials from school entities throughout Pennsylvania. He has also served as a lobbyist and assistant director for Governmental & Member Relations at the organization. Before joining PSBA, Gentzel served as the county administrator for Pennsylvania's Centre County Board of Commissioners and as Assistant Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

Brian Lewis joined ISTE in September 2012 following a 25-year career in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a nonprofit association leader in several capacities, including as chief strategy officer and interim CEO for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), executive director of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), and assistant executive director for the California School Boards Association (CSBA). He was also a legislative advocate for the San Diego County Office of Education, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), and CSBA.

About The Learning First Alliance

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association for Middle Level Education (formerly National Middle School Association), International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National School Public Relations Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains www.learningfirst.org, a website that features what's working in public schools and districts across the country.