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LESN Steering Committee

The Legislative Education Staff Network is governed by a steering committee appointed by NCSL and the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

NCSL and ECS Staff

Autumn Rivera, LESN Coordinator 
Policy Specialist
National Conference of State Legislatures

Joel Moore, LESN Coordinator
State Relations Strategist 
Education Commission of the States

What Does LESN Do for Me?
  • Sponsors in-person seminars and webinars on important education policy topics, enabling you to better serve your legislature.
  • Publishes Heads Up on Education Issues, a monthly compilation of recommended research and reading on critical public education issues.
  • Conducts several sessions specific to legislative staff at NCSL and ECS meetings.
  • Maintains a listserv to provide instant assistance from colleagues across the country.
  • Maintains a website devoted to keeping you up to date on education policy, including listserv archives, professional development opportunities, publications, online education staff contact list and more.
  • Access to technical support and resources from NCSL and ECS.

Who Belongs to LESN?

All legislative staff who work on education policy. Members include bill drafters, fiscal staff, program evaluators, policy analysts and advisors and includes both partisan and nonpartisan staff. A steering committee governs the network. All members of LESN may participate in all of the network’s activities and vote at the annual business meetings.

How Do I Join LESN?

There is no formal application process. Simply email Autumn Rivera, NCSL liaison to the Legislative Staff Network.

How Can I Become Involved?

It’s easy. Fresh faces and new ideas are always welcome. There are many ways to participate:

Working Groups

Volunteer to serve on one of the network’s working groups and help increase outreach or plan professional develop opportunities. Travel is not required as most committee and staff section business is handled by teleconference or e-mail. Interested? Contact Emily Ronco, NCSL liaisons to the Legislative Education Staff Network, at (720) 713-0323 or Joel Moore, ECS liaison to the Legislative Education Staff Network, at (303) 299-3619.


The LESN is a great opportunity to ask for and share information about education policy in other states. Whether you participate by asking, reading, or answering inquiries, you'll learn about the issues currently of concern to your colleagues.


Attend ECS’ National Forum, NCSL’s Legislative Summit or the network’s fall professional development seminar to meet colleagues, refine your skills, and make connections.


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