Jeremy Anderson – Interim Director
As the eighth president of Education Commission of the States, Jeremy leads a team of more than 55 education policy experts that serve policymakers in all 50 states through research, reports, convenings and counsel. Prior, Jeremy served many elected officials in Congress, governors’ offices and state legislatures across the country. When he is not racing from airport to airport to serve state education policymakers, Jeremy enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing and time with his wife, son and two daughters. Jeremy truly believes that the best education policy happens when policymakers are able to learn from each other. Jeremy can be reached at

Mary Dell’Erba – Senior Project Manager
As a senior project manager for the Arts Education Partnership, Mary oversees project work plans and supports the development of AEP deliverables. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, she worked for the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, where she served in a variety of capacities in programming, administration and policy. With over 20 years of dance training, Mary is passionate about the arts and education. Mary can be reached at mdell’


Erika Hawthorne – Engagement Specialist

As engagement specialist for the Arts Education Partnership, Erika focuses on cultivating relationships with AEP partners and conducting outreach to actively support policymakers with their arts and education goals. She provides support for AEP’s Advisory Council, working groups and the partner application process. Erika comes to Education Commission of the States with experience in arts management; grantmaking; communications; and a dedication to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Erika can be reached at


Cassandra Quillen – Communications Specialist
As a communications specialist, Cassandra supports the Arts Education Partnership in its communications efforts and outreach. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, Cassandra worked as a communications and member engagement coordinator at a postsecondary institution member organization and as a communications/engagement assistant for a public/private partnership initiative of Rhode Island’s 11 colleges and universities. With an education background in art history and a strong belief in the transformational qualities of learning, Cassandra is dedicated to her work in sharing research and resources on the arts in education with stakeholders across the country. Cassandra can be reached at

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