November 1, 2012

CONTACT: Sharon Kayne, Communications Director, NM Voices for Children, 505-244-9505 

ALBUQUERQUE—Veronica C García, Ed.D., has been asked to co-chair the School Success Advisory Group for the national advocacy organization Voices for America’s Children. Dr. García, who is Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children, will co-chair with Robert Sanborn, President and CEO of Children at Risk, a child advocacy group in Houston, Texas.

“Dr. García’s experience and passion for education reform will help to support the work of the advisory group,” said Jacquelyn L. Lendsey, President and CEO of Voices for America’s Children. “This is a crucial time for advocates as we strive to ensure all children receive the education they need to compete in a 21st century workforce.”

The School Success Committee is comprised of more than 100 advocates from across the country, who share information, best practices, strategies, and data, as well as recommend polices to Voices for America’s Children and the broader network of Voices members.

As a co-chair, Dr. García will advise the group on policy directions for K-12 education and prioritize the K-12 policy agenda. “I believe that being able to help shape the policy agenda and direction at the national level will serve us well as we attempt to influence educational policy in New Mexico,” Dr. García said.

Dr. García has worked in public education for many years, starting as a classroom teacher in Albuquerque and eventually becoming superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools. She was tapped to become the state’s first Secretary of Education by Governor Bill Richardson.

Voices for America’s Children is a network of multi-issue child advocacy organizations—such as NM Voices for Children—and is located in Washington, DC.


New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating for policies to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families and communities.
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