Anne L. Bryant served as the executive director of the National School Boards Association from 1996- September, 2012. NSBA is a not-for profit federation that represents 50 state school board associations and 90,000 school board members throughout the U.S. NSBA’s vision is to help boards lead their communities to raise student achievement, and prepare all students to succeed in a rapidly changing global society. Before that she served as the executive director of the American Association of University Women (1986-1996) and prior to AAUW she worked in Chicago for a multiple association management company serving among others: the National Association of Bank Women and the International Association of Auditorium Managers.
While at NSBA she was vice chair of the Schools & Libraries Committee of Universal Service Administrative Company, which includes oversight of the $2.25 billion technology discount fund for schools and libraries, known as E-Rate; and is past chair of the Learning First Alliance. Bryant now serves on several non- profit boards.
Bryant was a trustee and chair of the Simmons College Board (1972-2007). She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, a B.A. from Simmons College, has two honorary doctoral degrees and has received numerous awards for leadership in education.