July 18, 2006 at 12:35 PM EDT
Karabelle Pizzigati Elected President of the National Association of State Boards of Education

Karabelle Pizzigati, a member of the Maryland State Board of Education, has been elected president of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). In January 2007 she will begin serving a two-year term, first as president-elect and then as president beginning in 2008.

"Karabelle Pizzigati brings an unsurpassed commitment to improving the lives of children and families through high quality public schools," notes Brenda Welburn, NASBE Executive Director. "NASBE and state board members will benefit from her impressive record of professional success and public service in both the state and national policy arenas. Karabelle's experience as a former congressional committee staff director will be particularly advantageous in leading the organization during the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act."

"NASBE offers valuable learning opportunities for members and serves as an important national voice on the array of issues that affect public education," Pizzigati points out. "I want to strengthen NASBE's ability to support and expand these professional development services and to explore new approaches to building the national voice--drawn from research and state experience--that NASBE brings to discussion about education policy."

Karabelle A.L. Pizzigati is serving her second four-year term on the Maryland State Board of Education, having been reappointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich in 2005. She is a policy and leadership development consultant on children and family services and policy and a former director of public policy for the Child Welfare League of America. Dr. Pizzigati also served as a staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.

Pizzigati currently chairs NASBE's membership task force on early childhood education, a panel formulating national policy recommendations (to be issued in October) to help states create high quality early childhood learning environments. Dr. Pizzigati earned her doctorate in child development and family studies from Cornell University.

NASBE represents America's state and territorial boards of education and is the professional association of state board members. NASBE's primary mission is to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking and assure responsible lay governance of public education.

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