Nathan R. Monell, CAE

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Nathan Monell As Executive Director, Nathan Monell provides leadership to the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), America’s oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association. PTA’s 22,000 local units and nearly 3.5M members flourish across all the US. In today’s PTA, a majority of PTAs are in Title I schools with the majority of students served by local PTAs students of color. Together we raise our unified voice in service of making every child’s potential a reality.

At PTA, Nathan advances family engagement and public policy addressing the educational success of our nation’s children. This continues a lifelong commitment to elevate the voice of consumers as partners in the design, delivery and evaluation of public services. For 32 years, he has provided strategic leadership to youth/family advocacy and service organizations in the areas of foster care, mental health, education/employment and HIV/substance abuse prevention and care. His daily motivation is creating equity for all children and advancing nonprofit excellence.

Nathan is an ASAE Certified Association Executive.  He earned Georgetown University’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management, an MA in Communication Studies (Organizational Communication/Behavior) from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech from Cornerstone University.  In addition to providing consultation and training in the nonprofit arena, Nathan is the immediate past chair of Learning First Alliance, a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. He is also a member of the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, and Advisory Board Member for The Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success (CPRS).

Nathan and his husband, Robert Pignato, are proud dads of two adopted teenagers, Kira and Gonzalo and two rescue dogs, Arya and CoCo.