Who We Are

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) is a coalition that was founded in 1969 with the goal of achieving adequate federal financial support for our nation’s educational system. The coalition is voluntary, nonprofit and nonpartisan. CEF members include educational associations, institutions, agencies, and organizations whose interests range from preschool to postgraduate education in both public and private systems.

The purpose of CEF is to provide members of the general public and government officials with information enabling them to better assess the need for funding of federal education programs. CEF takes positions on federal education funding issues that represent a consensus of its membership and then communicates those positions to federal government officials and Members of Congress.

The Committee for Education Funding is managed by the Raben Group and is governed by the membership as a whole with a sixteen member Executive Committee, which includes three officers elected from among the membership. CEF publishes timely updates, holds weekly meetings of its membership, which provide a forum for information exchange and policy discussions, and sponsors seminars on current policy issues led by recognized experts. CEF provides information and assistance to Members of Congress and the Administration on education funding issues as well as holding numerous briefings and policy meetings with Congressional staff and Administration officials during the year. At its annual Gala, CEF honors outstanding advocates of federal education investment.

As the oldest and largest coalition of education associations in existence, the Committee for Education Funding provides a strong and unified voice in support of increasing federal education funding. We invite comments and inquiries regarding CEF membership or its publications.


PRESIDENT – Myrna Mandlawitz, School Work Association of America

VICE PRESIDENT – Kimberly Jones, Council for Opportunity in Education

TREASURER – SECRETARY AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Joel Packer, Committee for Education Funding

PAST PRESIDENT – Jamie Baxter, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

When Our Students Succeed, Our Nation Succeeds.

Founded in 1969, the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and its 80 member organizations have worked toward the common goal of achieving adequate federal support for our nation's education system. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, CEF is America's largest education coalition, reflecting the broad spectrum of the education community.