Learning First Alliance Staff & Leadership
Richard M. Long, Executive Director
Richard M. Long became Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance in February 2016.
Dr. Long is a nationally known advocate, writer and commentator on pre-K-12 issues and federal policy. Prior to joining LFA, he spent the past four decades working in education policy, including 37 years as the Government Relations Director for the International Reading Association. He also concurrently served as Executive Director/Government Relations Director for the National Title I Association from 1995 to 2014. He earned bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from George Washington University.
Zoe Klein, Association Support Specialist
Zoe Klein is the Association Support Specialist for Learning First Alliance. In May 2021, she graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Science in Education Studies and History. Before joining Learning First Alliance, Zoe worked as an Intern for Power in Place and volunteered with Brandeis' Department of Orientation.
Joetta Sack-Min, Communications Director
Joetta Sack-Min has spent more than 20 years working in K-12 education policy and communications, and she has seen the formation of policy up close as well as its impact on local schools. Most recently, she spent nearly eight years producing publications for school boards and guiding internal and external communications at the National School Boards Association. Prior to that, she was an award-winning journalist at Education Week, the nation’s K-12 newspaper of record, for nine years.
A graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Journalism, Sack-Min began her career as a White House news aide for the Associated Press, and she also has worked with several other news services and associations. As a reporter, she has interviewed presidents, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, and high-ranking Washington insiders. But her favorite experiences were visiting schools and meeting with teachers and school officials across the country. Outside of work, she can usually be found volunteering at her children’s elementary school in Falls Church, VA. She is also a graduate student at George Mason University's College of Counseling & Development.
Board of Directors
The Learning First Alliance Board is composed of chief executive officers and other senior staff of each Alliance member organization. The Board meets at least six times each year to determine Alliance policy and practice. Board members include:
2020-21 Board Chair:
Keith R. Krueger
L. Earl Franks
Immediate Past President:
American Federation of Teachers
- American Association of School Administrators
Dan Domenech, Executive Director
- American Federation of Teachers
Marla Ucelli-Kashyap, Assistant to the President for Educational Issues
- American School Counselor Association
Jill Cook, Executive Director
- Consortium for School Networking
Keith R. Krueger, Chief Executive Officer
- Learning Forward
Denise Borders, Executive Director
- National Association of Elementary School Principals
L. Earl Franks, Executive Director
- National Association of Secondary School Principals
Ronn Nozoe, CEO
- National PTA
Nathan Monell, Executive Director
- National Education Association
Daaiyah Bilal-Threats, Senior Advisor
- National School Boards Association
Chip Slaven, Interim Executive Director & CEO
- National School Public Relations Association
Barbara Hunter, Executive Director