Tony Shivers

Tony Bennett Shivers
Herndon, Virginia
ES PTA, Reston, Virginia

Personal and Professional Information

  • Proud father of a rising 5th grader and 7th grader and proud husband of a National Board-Certified Teacher.
  • Principal of Shivers Consulting, which provides tailored government affairs services and resources, including communications, grasstops/grassroots advocacy, and event management, to non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area concerning various education-related issues.
  • Former director of state education policy for United Way Worldwide, whose mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.
  • Former deputy director for ReadyNation, a subsidiary of the Council for a Strong America, whose mission is to help our nation build a skilled workforce by galvanizing business leaders to advocate for solutions that prepare our nation’s students to succeed in education, work, and life.
  • Former director of government affairs for the National Association of State Boards of Education, whose mission is to develop, support, and empower citizen leaders on state boards of education to strengthen public education systems so students of all backgrounds and circumstances are prepared to succeed in school, work, and life.
  • Former director of government affairs for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, that works to ensure that the federal government meets the needs of school districts that educate our nation’s military-connected students, Native American students, and Native Alaskan students.
  • Former state legislative field representative for the American Psychiatric Association, whose mission is to ensure our nation’s families have access to quality mental health care.

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Nominations Chair, Virginia PTA (2019-2021 term)
  • Committee Member, Advocacy Committee, Virginia PTA (2018-2021 term)
  • Committee Member, Reflections Committee, Virginia PTA (2019-2021 term)
  • Assistant District Director, Northern Virginia District PTA (2018-2020 term)
  • Superintendent Liaison, Armstrong ES PTA, Reston, VA (2018-2020 term)

Previous service includes:

  • Member Representative, Board of Directors, National PTA (2017-2019 term)
  • Committee Member, Mission Engagement Committee, National PTA (2017-2019 term)
  • Assistant Chair, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Virginia PTA (2018)
  • Vice President of Advocacy, Northern Virginia District PTA (2018-2019 term)
  • Vice President of Advocacy, Fairfax County Council of PTAs, Fairfax County, VA (2016-2018 term)
  • Ice Cream Social Chair, Armstrong ES PTA, Reston, VA (2018)

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Programs Committee, Volunteer Fairfax (VA)
  • Appointed Member, Minority Student Achievement and Oversight Committee, Fairfax County School Board, Fairfax County, VA
  • Charter Representative, Pack 1169, Powhatan District, National Capital Area Council, Boys Scouts of America
  • Election Officer, Fairfax County Board of Elections, Fairfax County, VA
  • Member and Former President, Board of Directors, Capitol Learning Academy, Washington, DC
  • Co-Founder, Virginia Education Funding Coalition

Previous service includes:

  • Co-Den Leader, Den 11, Pack 1169, Powhatan Dist., Nat’l Capital Area Council, Boys Scouts of America

Tony Shivers

Candidate Narrative

Tony Shivers
Candidate for Member Representative, Board of Directors

Our National PTA is needed more than ever to advance its mission – to make every child’s potential a reality – and to specifically ensure our nation’s students, teachers, school leaders, and school support staff are learning and working in safe and healthy environments. Nothing is more important to PTA members than ensuring that their children receive a high-quality education and the non-academic supports they need to be ready for success in the global economy beyond high school, whether that is college, post-secondary training, our nation’s military, or career. This is what drives me personally and professionally. Like my fellow PTA members, I want my children, a rising 5th grader and rising 7th grader, to be successful in school, work, and life. I want my wife, a National Board-Certified teacher, to have the professional development and supports she needs to teach her students effectively.

I thank every PTA volunteer, past and present, across our nation for their diligent efforts to ensure our nation’s students and schools receive what they need to succeed. The work is difficult, time consuming, and keeps volunteers away from their families, professions, and other commitments. However, my fellow PTA volunteers should constantly remind themselves that the work they do every day makes a difference. My family and I have benefitted from the PTA over the years, including my children participating in math nights and my wife receiving school supplies for her classroom. This is why I serve our PTA. I want to give back for the efforts by my fellow PTA members over the years that have benefitted me and my family.

Therefore, I intend to work through the Board of Directors to ensure that state PTAs have the tools and resources they need to help our nation’s diverse students and their families thrive in an unpredictable world.