National Association of Elementary School Principals Executive Director: Dr. L. Earl Franks
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, the executive director of the National Association of Elementary School
Principals, is a veteran association executive and advocate for public education and school leadership with over three decades of pre-K–12 education experience. In his role as NAESP’s executive director, Franks advances the Association’s mission to lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children. He represents the nation’s pre-K–8 principals on the Board of Directors of
the Learning First Alliance, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, and as a member of multiple national educational organizations and coalitions. Prior to his selection as the NAESP executive director, he served as executive director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS), Alabama’s leading umbrella organization for principals and school administrators. He was inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame in 2018. Franks received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his Master of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education, and Educational Specialist degrees from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
CCSSO’s Chief Executive Office: Dr. Carissa Moffat Miller
Dr. Carissa Moffat Miller is the Chief Executive Officerof the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), where she works with state education chiefs to ensure all students have the opportunity to graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life. With a deep understanding of education policy at the state and national levels, Carissa leads CCSSO’s efforts to help states deliver equitable education opportunities to every student. Carissa, a first-generation college graduate, was named head of CCSSO in 2018, becoming the first woman to lead in its 90-year history. Prior to joining CCSSO, Carissa served as a deputy superintendent at the Idaho State Department of Education and led the implementation of statewide online testing for the Idaho State Board of Education. Carissa holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
NASSP’s Chief Executive Officer: Ronn Nozoe
A lifelong educator, Nozoe has served as associate executive director, interim executive director, and senior adviser at ASCD since 2015. During that time, he led the development of some of ASCD’s most high-profile programs, including the ASCD Whole Child Network and ASCD Activate, an online professional development library of resources. Nozoe joined ASCD after an appointment as deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked on initiatives to build state and local capacity in the areas of teacher quality, school safety, rural education, and migrant and Indian education.
UCEA Executive Director: Dr. Byrne-Jiménez
Dr. Byrne-Jiménez is the Executive Director of the Universty Council for Educational Administration hosted at Michigan State University. She is also Associate Professor in the department of Educational Administration K12. Her scholarship focuses on Latinx identity and leadership, faculty diversity and doctoral student experiences, social justice program development, and the role of alternative epistemologies in research and leadership. Before becoming faculty, she worked in a number of urban settings in New York City, including a K-6 bilingual teacher, Even Start coordinator, and literacy instructional specialist. She was also the Associate Director of the Accelerated Schools Project while at Teachers College where she supported districts leading school improvement. She is coauthor of Developing Effective Principals Through Collaborative Inquiry. Her work has appeared in the Leadership and Policy in Schools Journal, Frontiers in Education, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership, Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity, Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders, International Journal of Educational Research, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Journal of Latinos and Education, and Voices in Urban Education. Dr. Byrne-Jiménez holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies/Sociology from Columbia University, an M.A. in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan, and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is former Vice President of Division A/Administration, Organization, and Leadership of the American Education Research Assocation (AERA), UCEA Past-President, Board President of the Community Training and Assistance Center, and Past-President of the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.
ICPEL Executive Director: James E. Berry
ICPEL is a collaborative, friendly scholar-practitioner organization committed to the practice and study of educational administration. Established in 1947 (as the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration), ICPEL has a strong commitment to serve the interests and needs of professors of educational administration and practicing school leaders in such areas as equity, inclusion, innovation, and excellence.
Dr. Berry is a professor in the Department of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. He has served as an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, department head and associate dean. He was an American Council on Education fellow in 2001.
He presently serves as the executive director of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. NCPEA is the oldest of the two professor organizations that represent professors of educational administration in the U.S. and other countries. In his capacity as NCPEA Executive Director he serves on the National Policy Board for Educational Administration and coordinates the work of the organization. NCPEA publishes two refereed journals, a policy brief, and supports member scholarship through the books that support the field and the profession.
Current UCEA Executive Committee Members:
- William (Bill) Black, President, University of South Florida
- David DeMatthews, President-elect, University of Texas at Austin
- Gerardo López, Secretary/Treasurer, Michigan State University
- Shelby Cosner, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Carol A. Mullen, Virginia Tech
- Cristobal Rodriguez, Howard University
- Anjale Welton, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Khaula Murtadha, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
- Lisa Bass, North Carolina State University
- Sarah Woulfin, University of Connecticut
Board Members, August 2019
Chief Executive Officer or Designee:
Carissa Miller Moffat
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
One Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001-1431
Phone: (202) 336-7015
Fax: (202) 408-8076
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3483
Phone: (703) 518-6264
Fax: (703) 518-6285
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: (703) 860-7206
Fax: (703) 476-9214
International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership
Eastern Michigan University
John W. Porter Building, Suite 304
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 487-0255