NAfME Advocacy & Public Policy Staff

Tooshar Swain — Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Tooshar Swain NAfME
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Tooshar Swain ( serves as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In his role, Tooshar focuses on ESSA implementation, higher education policy, and other policies aimed at promoting music education in underserved areas.    

Prior to Joining NAfME, Tooshar most recently served as Policy and Communications Director for congressional candidate Micah Edmond in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. Tooshar also served as Deputy Policy Director for Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign, focusing on economic policy. 

Additionally, Tooshar spent five years at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) where he developed and advocated for tax and financial services policy supporting the biotech industry. Tooshar also spent four years on Capitol Hill serving as a policy staffer on tax issues. 

As the husband of a school teacher, Tooshar understands the vital role that music education plays in a child’s life. He is thrilled to be serving such a worthy cause that touches the lives of students across our country.

Jazzmone Sutton — State Advocacy Engagement Manager

Vacant — Public Policy and Advocacy Communications Manager