Tooshar Swain — Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Tooshar Swain (ToosharS@nafme.org) 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
Jazzmone Sutton (firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as the State Advocacy Engagement Manager for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Jazzmone joined the NAfME team in July 2021. Before joining NAfME as a staffer, Jazzmone was a passionate elementary music educator and advocate based in North Carolina.
As an educator, Jazzmone strived to make her music room a space for all students. From various ensembles, collaborative lessons, performance experiences, it was evident that her classroom was a positive learning environment. She was also a strong advocate for music education in North Carolina. She completed her service as the Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) in July 2021.
As State Advocacy Engagement Manager, Jazzmone hopes to strengthen the connection between our state affiliates, their members, and educational stakeholders via proactive advocacy work. She leans heavily on her experience as an educator to provide practical and obtainable advocacy strategies for NAfME members.