CEF Gala on September 13, 2023
National Press Club Ballroom
Reception and awards banquet


Click here for 2023 Gala Remarks

Thanks to the sponsors of CEF’s gala!


Straight “A”s sponsor:

American Federation of Teachers


Star Student sponsors:

American Council on Education

ACG Advocacy

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

American Library Association

Chiefs for Change

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 

National Education Association


Past Events – CEF Legislative Conference Webinar: The Outlook for Education as COVID-Relief Ends and Spending Caps Take Effect

Date: September 26, 2023
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Charlene M. Russell-Tucker, Commissioner for Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Kenneth A. Shores, Assistant Professor School of Education and Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
  • Edward Phillips, Vice President of Fiscal Services, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Robin Juliano, Principal, Cornerstone, and former Staff Director for the House Appropriations Committee Democrats and Clerk of its Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee
  • Jennifer Castagna, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel, and former Senate Republican Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee staff
  • Julien Lafortune, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California


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Click here for Sen. Chris Murphy’s Gala Remarks

Past Events – CEF Zoom Webinar: The National Imperative to Develop STEM Talent: Why the Investment in Education Matters

Date: June 21, 2023
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Dr. Amy Burke, Program Director for Science, Technology, and Innovation Analysis at the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
  • Andre M. Green, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of South Alabama
  • Mr. Billy Mawhiney, Executive Director, South Dakota Afterschool Network

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Past Events – CEF Zoom Webinar: Shortages in the Education Labor Force

Date: March 2, 2022
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Miren Algorri, Owner, Little Blossoms Child Care in Chula Vista, California
  • Dr. Mark Davey, BOCES District Superintendent, Champlain Valley Educational Services, New York
  • Dr. Kari Oyen, Assistant Professor, Counseling and Psychology in Education, University of South Dakota
  • Megan Schneider, Associate Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations, University of Houston System, Texas

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Past Events – CEF Zoom Research Briefing on Historic Underfunding of Education and Long-Term Needs

Date: October 26, 2021
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Loredana Valtierra, Special Assistant in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the US Department of Education

  • Averi Pakulis, VP for Early Childhood and Public Health Policy, First Focus on Children

  • Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Michigan Department of Education

  • David Page, VP of Enrollment Management, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

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Click here to watch a recording of the Gala award ceremony

Past Events – CEF Zoom Research Briefing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Education Jobs

Date: March 25, 2021
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Melat Kassa, Economic Policy Institute
  • Maryann Salm, American Federal of Teachers
  • Andy Brantley, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources

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Past Events – CEF Zoom Research Briefing on State Education Budgets and the Impact of COVID-19

Date: November 12, 2020
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Elizabeth McNichol, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Michael Griffith, Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jennifer Ma, Senior Policy Research Scientist, College Board

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Past Events – CEF Briefing: How Money Matters in Education

Date: September 23, 2020
Location: Zoom Webinar


Past Events – 50th Anniversary – CEF Gala 2019

Date: September 18, 2019 (Wednesday)
Location: Hotel Intercontinental – The Wharf

CEF’s education gala is DC’s premier education event. It is the one night when the education community – advocates, policy-makers, and administrators – come together in support of education funding to honor those who have demonstrated their strong commitment to increasing the federal investment in education for the success of our nation’s students.

The CEF 2018 Gala

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Reception and awards banquet at National Press Club Ballroom

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