Lisa Ward has been named director of association relations for ACTs Washington, DC office.
Ward is responsible for building and strengthening collaborations in the Washington area to develop a greater awareness of ACTs data-driven research and solutions. Prior to joining ACT, she worked at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for nearly 10 years. During that time, she was the special assistant to the associate commissioner in the Assessment Division of the National Center for Education Statistics and also was an associate to the assistant secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Her major responsibilities included serving as a liaison to various constituencies, overseeing the Urban District Assessment for the National Assessment of Educational Progress program, coordinating report release activities, and managing outreach publications.
Lisa is a seasoned professional with demonstrated understanding of the primary educational issues that are relevant to ACTs programs and services, said Charles E. Smith, vice president and head of the Washington office. She also knows the Washington community well and is known and respected by the various association leaders with whom she will be working. She will be a great asset to ACT, and we are delighted that she has accepted this appointment to a leadership position in the DC office.
Prior to her tenure at ED, Ward worked as a program specialist at the American Institutes for Research, and as an assistant director of a teacher education program and director of a cultural center, both at New Jersey City University. She was also special projects manager at the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, where she provided training for child care centers, program development, and coordination of the agencys Child Development Associate certificate program. She also has served as an adjunct instructor of adult learners at Kean University.
Ward earned a bachelors degree in consumer science from Howard University and a masters degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.