Mary Kingston


Mary Kingston


Mary Kingston is the Public Policy Manager for the Coalition for Community Schools. In this role she leads the policy and advocacy efforts of the Coalition to promote the community schools approach both on the federal and state levels. Prior to this role, Mary served for 2.5 years as Manager of Government Relations for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In this role she represented the NASSP members as an active voice on Capitol Hill at the federal level for the best policies possible for secondary school leaders and school districts across the nation. While at NASSP, Mary also led the lobbying efforts of the nation's largest education coalition, the Committee for Education Funding, in the role of Hill Teams Co-Chair. Mary is a proud alumna of IEL's Education Policy Fellowship Program, class of 2011. Mary received her Master of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University. Prior to joining the staff at NASSP she taught secondary English for three years in Oakland, CA through the Teach for America program.


Washington, DC, USA

What draws you to the STIA conference?

being able to connect with people of different backgrounds and fields around common issues

What are you hoping to experience?

an array of opinions, insights, experiences to help me better understand my work

What are you most passionate about?

closing the opportunity gap for our youth

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

from people of different walks of life coming together to think about the same issues and come up with creative solutions using our respective expertise and thinking

What’s your bigger vision?

a new strategy for education reform

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

clear objectives from conference organizers of what we should expect to get out of this conference