Staff

Jane-Best

Jane R. Best, Ph.D. – Director, Arts Education Partnership

Jane Best directs the Arts Education Partnership, a center dedicated to securing high quality arts education for children. She has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers and researchers. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, she was the Chief Development Officer at My Student Survey and the Chief Strategy Officer for McREL International. She has also worked for Learning Point Associates (now American Institutes for Research) and the National Conference of State Legislatures. She started her career in education as a high school French and ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio. Jane holds a Ph.D. in education policy from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. in education from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in communications with a minor in art history from Indiana University. Jane can be reached at jbest@ecs.org.

Scott Jones – Senior Associate, Research and Policy

Scott D. Jones is the Senior Associate for Research and Policy for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Since 2012, Scott has overseen the development and implementation of research and policy initiatives, including the development of the AEP 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education, the continued expansion of ArtsEdSearch and ArtScan, and the release of new publications exploring the importance of the arts in education. Prior to joining AEP, he served as the project coordinator with the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), 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. Although currently located on the east coast, Scott is a proud Midwesterner and a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go!Scott can be reached at sjones@ecs.org.

fullsizerender1Kate Wolff – External Affairs Coordinator 

Kate Wolff is the external affairs coordinator for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) and a member of Education Commission of the States’ State Relations team. In this dual role, Kate works closely with AEP partner organizations across the country to engage and inform their efforts to expand access to the arts in education and serves as a resource on broader education policy issues for Education Commission of the States Commissioners and states in the mid-Atlantic and Eastern parts of the U.S. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, Kate served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a variety of capacities in the Office of the Secretary, the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, and the Administration for Children and Families. Kate enjoys living in our nation’s capital, taking advantage of free museums and getting around the city car-free. Kate can be reached at kwolff@ecs.org.

jennifer-glinzakJennifer Glinzak – Policy Researcher

Jennifer Glinzak joined the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) as a policy researcher in October 2016. Based in AEP’s D.C. office, Jennifer compiles, organizes and disseminates recent policy legislation and research from local, state and federal levels. Prior to joining AEP, Jennifer worked with Levine Music as a registrar and interned with the National Endowment for the Arts’ Education Department. Jennifer earned her Master’s in Arts Management from American University, focusing on arts education policy, funding and equity in urban school districts. As a classically trained vocalist and couture seamstress, Jennifer can usually be found behind a piano singing Puccini or in front of a sewing machine creating an elaborate costume. Jennifer can be reached at jglinzak@ecs.org.


Nick Eppard – Communications Specialist

Nick Eppard joined Education Commission of the States in February 2016 as a communications specialist. At Education Commission of the States, Nick oversees communications for the Arts Education Partnership. Prior to Education Commission of the States, he worked as a communications specialist for a metro Denver suburb and led communications efforts for a National Science Foundation research infrastructure grant in his home state of South Dakota. In his spare time Nick enjoys spending time in the mountains, suffering through Denver Nuggets games and taking in the best of the Colorado craft beer scene. Nick can be reached at neppard@ecs.org.