I’m so proud to make this announcement!
In our search for NEA’s new executive director, we wanted a leader who shared our values and whose commitment to our mission was equal to our own. The leader had to be an exceptional strategic thinker and have a deep understanding of the strengths and needs of our members and students. In choosing Kim Anderson, we have more than achieved those goals.
I’m so glad Kim is coming back to the NEA family. I’d like to tell you a little more about her and why we think she’s the perfect person to oversee our association’s operations. Yes, we even made a video:
Kim has an accomplished record of service to NEA’s members and students over her more than 28-year career.
Kim sent a strong message about the future of public education in her announcement to the NEA family:
“The pursuit of education equity and excellence has always been my greatest passion and I am committed to building on NEA’s strategic vision through collaborative partnerships with our leaders, staff, affiliates, and our many allies. Together, we’ll strengthen our culture of organizing and our commitment to be an active steward of our civic and democratic norms. We’ll tap into our members’ expertise to drive support for all 3 million members with their professional practice and to elevate our professions.”
“NEA is more than a membership organization,” she said. “NEA has been the greatest champion of public education that America has ever known. And I also believe that NEA, through the passion, knowledge, and organizing of its members, is one of the most critical institutions to the maintenance of our democracy. Together, we will create a future fueled by our members, worthy of our students, and essential to the nation.”
(Kim, who will take the helm as of September 1, 2019, will become the first woman and first person of color to serve as the Executive Director of NEA.)
As we welcome Kim, I want to thank our outgoing executive director, John Stocks for his years of dedication and service. We fought the good fight together for many years. Thank you!