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Public Policy Agenda

From universal kindergarten to a juvenile justice system—National PTA advocates have been at the heart of our nation’s greatest advances for youth. The Public Policy Agenda reflects the associaton's top priorities each year.

Issue Briefs

The Best Practices and Innovation Issue Briefs will help you reinforce that message when speaking with federal and state policy makers and educational leaders in your states. The Federal Policy Issue Briefs are intended to educate PTA members and families about current federal laws within National PTA’s policy priorities. (En Español)

PTA Policy Issue Cards

 Where does PTA stand on other issues related to children and families? National PTA's Public Policy Agenda provides the association's top federal legislative recommendations each year, while this document provides the assocation's positions on broader issue areas. 

Government Affairs Staff

Elizabeth Rorick, Deputy Executive Director of Government Affairs and Communications, ext. 1219
Jacki Ball, Director of Government Affairs, ext. 1243
Matthew L. Evans, Advocacy Coordinator, ext. 1262

National PTA Staff working on Common Core State Standards Initiative

Chrystal Jones, Senior Advocacy Specialist
Lee Ann Kendrick, Regional Advocacy Specialist

Elizabeth Rorick
Deputy Executive Director of Government Affairs and Communications

Prior to her position as deputy executive director, Elizabeth (Beth) Rorick served as the senior policy strategist at National PTA. In this capacity, she represented the PTA before Congress on a vast array of children’s education issues, including special education, early childhood and children’s behavioral health.

Rorick was the assistant director of government affairs at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where she actively lobbied members of Congress on children’s health issues, specifically mental health parity, access to quality healthcare, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Prior to that position, she worked as legislative affairs specialist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) where she advocated for the prevention of underage drinking and victim’s issues.

Since 2003, Rorick has worked in both private lobbying and nonprofit advocacy. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, magna cum laude, from North Carolina State University.

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Jacki Ball
Director of Government Affairs

Jacki Ball is the Director of Government Affairs at National PTA, where she leads PTA’s federal public policy agenda and lobbying efforts. Prior to joining National PTA, she was the Associate Director of Advocacy at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). While there, she helped to lead NASSP's federal advocacy efforts, which included coordinating their grasstops and grassroots efforts, lobbying congressional and administration staff, monitoring legislation and appropriations affecting middle level and high school leaders, and participating in coalition-building activities with other national education organizations.

Currently, Jacki is on the Board of Directors and serves as treasurer for the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), America’s largest education coalition with over 110 members representing the education community from preschool to postgraduate education.  

Jacki has spent her career either in the classroom or in government relations. She started her career at Fairfax High School (VA), where she taught history and government for over nine years. Jacki has also worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, and as a staff assistant for the House Committee on Agriculture. She was Manager of Government Relations for Reading is Fundamental (RIF) where she worked on early childhood, literacy and appropriations.

She is an active member in professional associations serving the government relations profession. Jacki is a Board member of Women in Government Relations (WGR) and an active member of the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP). 

Jacki has a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and a master’s degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. 

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Matthew L. Evans
Advocacy Coordinator

Matthew L. Evans is an astute government affairs professional with several years of experience in lobbying and grassroots advocacy. In his position at National PTA, Matthew leads all PTA grassroots advocacy efforts, serves as the primary liaison with federal legislative chairs and plays a leading role in the execution of the annual Legislative Conference.

Matthew joins National PTA after spending four years managing the national grassroots program at CompTIA (The Computing Technology Industry Association). During his time at CompTIA, Matthew was responsible for advocating the legislative goals of the organization and leading a grassroots action network of industry CEOs, professionals and entrepreneurs. Additionally, he recruited industry partners and managed relationships with external organizations.

Prior to CompTIA, Matthew worked as a policy analyst for the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, where he assisted in forming legislative and grassroots/grasstops strategies on the state and federal levels. Matthew is a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he obtained a bachelors of arts degree in English.

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Chrystal Jones
Senior State Advocacy Strategist

Chrystal Jones serves as a senior advocacy specialist for National PTA. Hutchison has six years of experience in advocacy issue campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. She has worked on a wide range of issues including the federal budget, voter's rights, and environmental protection. Jones has a Bachelor's degree in political science and international relations from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Fla. She graduated with honors from Norwich University with a Master's degree in public administration.
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Lee Ann Kendrick
Regional Advocacy Specialist

Lee Ann Kendrick brings over 20 years of experience in child advocacy and youth development to National PTA. Her experience encompasses grassroots mobilization, as well as traditional classroom teaching and nontraditional educational environments including AmeriCorps, 4-H and Head Start. Kendrick has a Bachelor's degree in education and a Master's degree in special education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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