The NGA Center’s Education Division

The NGA Center’s Education Division (‘the division’) provides information, research synthesis, policy analysis, technical assistance and resources to governors and their staff on education topics spanning early childhood through college and career. At the center of the division’s work are three core principles: equity, alignment, and data-driven. The division focuses its work on five key initiatives: whole child; personalized education; human capital; standards, assessments, and accountability; and governance and finance. Each initiative includes a range of focus areas that align with the needs of governors and their education policy advisors.

About the Education Division

Strategic Plan:


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For technical assistance in specific areas, state policy makers can contact the following individuals:

Early Education and Child Care

Mandy Sorge (msorge@nga.org)

Tiffany Ferrette (tferrette@nga.org)

K-12 Education

Seth Gerson (sgerson@nga.org)

David Casalaspi (dcasalaspi@nga.org)

Postsecondary Education

Amanda Winters (awinters@nga.org)

Jon Alfuth (jalfuth@nga.org)

Workforce Education

Amanda Winters (awinters@nga.org)

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The National Governors Association was founded in 1908 to serve as the collective voice of the nation’s governors in the capitol and to help develop innovative policies across the country.


NGA is boldly bipartisan. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

Who We Are

Founded in 1908, NGA is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of the nation’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues.

What We Do

Through NGA, governors identify priority issues and deal collectively with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. The NGA Center for Best Practices helps in developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges. NGA also provides management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors.

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