Kristen (Kris) Amundson, Education Sector's senior vice president for external relations is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to effectively communicate our ideas to policymakers, educators, the media, and other key audiences. She came to Education Sector with extensive experience both as a communicator and as a policymaker.
Amundson represented the 44th District in Virginia's General Assembly from 1999 to 2009. She was a member of Virginia's P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and was active in SREB's Adolescent Literacy Committee.
Prior to joining the Virginia General Assembly, Amundson served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board, including two years as its chairwoman. It was during that period that the school system made the transition to one of the most diverse school systems in the country. Amundson was the leading advocate for bringing the International Baccalaureate program to the county. Amundson is the co-founder of La BECA (Bringing Education, Compassion, and Assistance) Women's Scholarship Foundation.
She taught English and speech in Minnesota and Maryland. Today, Amundson also writes about education topics ranging from accountability to parent involvement in education and increasing civic involvement. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the American School Board Journal, and the Roanoke Times, among others.
Follow Amundson on Twitter: @kjamundson