Wednesday, June 23, 2010

NEA Foundation Hires Betty Paugh-Ortiz as Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

WASHINGTON, DC (June 9, 2010) -- The NEA Foundation announced today the hire of Betty Paugh-Ortiz as Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. 

In this newly created position, Paugh-Ortiz will lead the development and advancement of innovation initiatives that support the mission of the NEA Foundation.  She will initially invite educators to identify innovative solutions to instructional practices as well as provide opportunities for the public to support educator efforts to close the student achievement gaps.

“Betty brings to the Foundation a unique set of qualifications,” said Harriet Sanford, President & CEO of the NEA Foundation.  “She has a deep understanding and appreciation for public education and will help us to expand the impact and reach of our work.”

Prior to joining the NEA Foundation, Paugh-Ortiz was Vice President of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), where she managed the organization’s programs and events, supervised staff, conducted trainings, and developed curricula.

Paugh-Ortiz also served as director of the University of Puerto Rico-DC Initiative and as director of Maternal and Child Health at the National Council of La Raza.  She holds graduate degrees from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree from American University.

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