2015 Board of Directors

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noelleNoelle Ellerson, President

Ms. Ellerson is Associate Executive Director, Public Policy & Advocacy for AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational and school system leaders across the United States and Canada and in many other parts of the world. Founded in 1865, members of AASA include superintendents of schools and other central office administrators, building level administrators (principals), college and university administrators and professors, and administrators from other local, regional, state and national educational agencies.

Committees: Hill Teams, Advocacy, Budget, Gala and Events

Board of Directors: 5 years


Makese Motley, Vice President


Mr. Motley is Assistant Director of Federal Relations for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a Washington-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. AASCU institutions enroll nearly 4 million students.

Committees: Hill Teams, Advocacy (Co-Chair), Budget

Board of Directors: 2 years


Jacki Ball, Treasurer

Jacki Ball is the Director of Government Affairs at National PTA, where she leads PTA’s federal public policy agenda and lobbying efforts. Prior to joining National PTA, she was the Associate Director of Advocacy at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  While there, she helped to lead NASSP’s federal advocacy efforts, which included coordinating their grass tops and grassroots efforts, lobbying congressional and administration staff, monitoring legislation and appropriations affecting middle level and high school leaders, and participating in coalition-building activities with other national education organizations. Currently, Jacki is on the Board of Directors and serves as treasurer for the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), America’s largest education coalition with over 110 members representing the education community from preschool to postgraduate education.

Jacki has spent her career either in the classroom or in government relations. She started her career at Fairfax High School (VA), where she taught history and government for over nine years. Jacki has also worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, and as a staff assistant for the House Committee on Agriculture. Additionally, she was Manager of Government Relations for Reading is Fundamental (RIF) where she worked on early childhood, literacy and appropriations. She is an active member in professional associations serving the government relations profession. Jacki is a Board member of Women in Government Relations (WGR) and an active member of the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP).

Jacki has a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and a master’s degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

Committees: Hill Teams, Advocacy (Co-Chair), Budget

Board of Directors: 2 years


Kimberly Jones, Past President

Kimberly Jones serves as the Vice President for Public Policy at the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, DC. In this role, Ms. Jones advocates for the Federal TRIO Programs – educational support programs that enable low-income students to become the first in their families to obtain college degrees. Ms. Jones’ select legislative accomplishments include securing a $42 million increase for TRIO funding in FY 2014 – one of only nine programs within the Department of Education to receive virtually full restoration of funds lost to sequestration – and the inclusion of a legislative directive in the FY 2015 omnibus appropriations bill instructing the Department of Education to expedite the handling of a TRIO grant competition so as to prevent disruption of student services.

Prior to joining the Council for Opportunity in Education, Ms. Jones was an Associate in the Communications practice group at the law firm of Dow Lohnes, PLLC (now Cooley LLP), where she advised clients on a variety of broadcast and media law issues. Ms. Jones maintains various professional and civic memberships, including the Committee for Education Funding; the National Bar Association, which she serves as Legislative Standing Committee Chair; Black Women For…, a leadership development network for young women of color, which she serves as an Advisory Board Member; Women in Government Relations; the Women’s Information Network; and the Washington Government Relations Group.

Kimberly Jones is a 2000 graduate of Yale University and a 2004 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. In 1999, Ms. Jones was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Committees: Hill Teams (Co-Chair), Advocacy, Budget, Gala and Events

Board of Directors: 6 years



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.