Marnie Maraldo (above center), a current member of the Issaquah school board and past president of WSSDA, has been elected to the board of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). One of three school directors representing the pacific region, Director Maraldo’s presence will allow WSSDA to have a voice in steering the development of NSBA and its priorities, including federal advocacy.
“NSBA is in a time of transition, so I appreciate being part of what this next generation of the organization will look like,” said Maraldo. “Since WSSDA took a hard look at itself and came up with WSSDA 2.0, it has better served its members based on having a real understanding of what our members need. I’m hoping to bring that same approach to NSBA so that NSBA can really understand who its customers are and how best to support state associations that, in turn, support school directors and districts.”
Per WSSDA bylaws, Director Maraldo will rejoin the WSSDA board as a voting member by virtue of her position on the NSBA board. As a participant in the board’s conversations, she will act as a direct conduit between WSSDA and discussions at the national level.