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Melissa Zenk

Melissa Zenk supports NCSL’s meetings department as a meetings coordinator. Zenk comes to NCSL with prior experience in wedding coordination and multifamily property management. She earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa State...

Rory Regan

As associate director for grants and contracts, Rory Regan is responsible for collaborating on and supporting fundraising through grants and contracts across NCSL. Prior to joining NCSL, Regan worked at the City and County of Denver as a federal...

Flora Fouladi

As a policy associate, Flora Fouladi works on public health issues with a focus on children and youth with special health care needs, adolescent health and child nutrition. Prior to joining NCSL, Fouladi worked as a legislative assistant for the...

Laurel Stiegler

As senior program coordinator for the Fiscal Affairs Program, Laurel Stiegler coordinates invitations, follow up and logistics for invitational meetings sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts. She has 30-plus years of experience in the...

Leo Garcia

As a policy specialist in NCSL’s Fiscal Affairs Program, Leo Garcia researches fiscal policy and economic development. Previously, Garcia worked as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives. He earned his bachelor’s in...

Michelle Exstrom

As director of NCSL’s Education Program, Michelle Exstrom oversees the organization’s work on state education policy. Exstrom has over 25 years of experience working with state legislators at NCSL and in Colorado’s Office of...

Susan Frederick

As NCSL’s senior federal affairs counsel, Susan Parnas Frederick advocates for states before Congress and the administration on criminal and civil justice, cybersecurity, elections and immigration enforcement issues. Parnas Frederick has...

Mark Quiner

Mark Quiner is an experienced group facilitator with over 40 years of experience. He currently serves as director of NCSL’s Center for Ethics in Government, whose mission is to restore trust and confidence in representative government by...

Kelly Hughes

As an associate director in NCSL’s Health Program, Kelly Hughes oversees staff and projects related to health access, costs and coverage issues. Hughes brings nearly two decades of professional experience in federal and state government,...

Ashley Wallace

As an associate director in the Education Program, Ashley Wallace leads NCSL’s work on afterschool, summer learning, student mental health, social and emotional learning, and other whole child education policy topics. Before joining NCSL in...
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