Sandra Ruppert – Director

Sandra Ruppert is Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organization representing the top leaders of state education agencies. Sandra leads AEP’s national network of 100+ organizations dedicated to ensuring every young person in America receives a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. She is responsible for the design and development of AEP’s, the nation’s first digital research and policy clearinghouse of educational outcomes associated with learning in and through the arts.  Sandra is also the author of numerous AEP publications, including A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education (2014), What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education (2011) and Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement (2006). Prior to her appointment as AEP Director in June 2008, she was a Program Director with the Education Commission of the States, a Denver-based national nonprofit organization that advises state policymakers on education issues. While at ECS, she directed the Arts in Education Initiative of ECS Chairman, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Sandra holds a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

Scott Jones – Senior Associate, Research and Policy

Scott D. Jones joins AEP after four years with the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) where he served as the project coordinator, managing the development of one of the largest data sets on arts education outcomes. In addition to his work with SNAAP, Scott served as an Adjunct Instructor in the Arts Management Program, housed in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) where he taught arts education policy and served as the chair of the Bloomington Community Arts Commission.  Before joining SNAAP, Scott worked as an arts administrator and educator with various arts organizations including Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Indiana. He holds an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University, a BA in music education and vocal performance from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and studied public affairs at Indiana University. Scott can be reached at