NAfME Advocacy & Policy Staff

Christopher Woodside — Chief Operating Officer

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Christopher Woodside serves in the National Association for Music Education’s Reston-based headquarters as Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Christopher manages NAfME’s advocacy, policy and membership staff, directs, controls and oversees all issues with relation to the development and implementation of the Association’s large-scale advocacy and public affairs agendas, and serves as NAfME’s primary lobbying presence on Capitol Hill.

Previously, Christopher served as the Policy Coordinator for The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, in his first tenure with MENC, as the Director of Government Relations and Outreach, and as a Legislative aide to Representative Chris Van Hollen from Maryland’s 8th district. Christopher received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University.

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Lynn Tuttle — Director of Public Policy, Research, & Professional Development

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Lynn Tuttle is Director of Public Policy, Research, and Professional Development for the National Association for Music Education. Her duties include supporting music educators and state leaders in the areas of standards, assessment, research, teacher evaluation, and the interconnection of federal and state policy. She also manages the production of NAfME’s 6 publications for the field. She is primary author of NAfME’s ESSA resources, facilitated the revision of the 2016 Workbooks for Building and Evaluating Effective Music Education, and is the staff lead for the Association’s 3-year Teaching with Primary Sources grant from the Library of Congress.

Prior to joining NAfME in September,2015, Lynn served as the Director of Arts Education for the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties for Arizona included acting as a liaison to the state’s arts educators; revising Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards in 2006 and 2015; developing arts assessments; and arts education data collection. She served as co-facilitator for the revision of our nation’s arts education standards, leading to the creation of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards.

Lynn has published in the Arts Education Policy Review on how state teacher evaluation practices impact the arts disciplines (2015) and in the Music Educators Journal on ESSA implementation (2016).  She is also a contributing author to a Brookings Institution Policy Brief on measuring the impact of arts education. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Lynn will be presenting at music educator conferences in Iowa, Massachusetts, Hawai’i, Illinois, and Arizona this school year.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music (valedictorian), Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in the humanities and world history from the Johns Hopkins University (Phi Beta Kappa), and an MBA from the W. P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Lynn continues to teach, study, and perform as a flutist and singer, and is the mother of two young musicians, Peterson (violinist) and Landon (flutist).

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Ronny Lau Public Policy Advisor

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Ronny Lau serves as a Public Policy Advisor for the National Association for Music Education. His primary duties involve ESSA implementation, grassroots advocacy capacity building, and federal legislative affairs, where he serves as the Association’s lead strategist on education appropriations. In addition, Ronny is highly involved with NAfME’s engagement in several public policy coalitions, including the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), the Title IV, Part A Coalition, and facilitating NAfME’s 35 member-strong Music Education Policy Roundtable.

Prior to joining NAfME, Ronny worked as a Field Organizer in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District for congressional candidate John Foust and Senator Mark Warner, during the 2014 election cycle. Ronny also served as a Health Policy Fellow for Congressman Ron Kind from Wisconsin’s 3rd District, then joined NAfME in 2015, where he bridged his passion for both politics and music. A Virginia native, Ronny is an alumnus of James Madison University, where he received his degree in Political Science.

Musically, Ronny is an experienced marching percussionist who has taught for several drumline programs in the Northern Virginia region. He currently teaches the drumline at Westfield High School, located in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Tooshar Swain — Public Policy Advisor

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Tooshar Swain serves as Public Policy Advisor 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.

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