American Association of School Administrators Executive Director Named Learning First Alliance Chair

Dan Domenech brings more than 36 years of public education leadership and experience to the position



Kitty Porterfield, AASA, 703-774-6953,
Anne O’Brien, LFA, 202-296-5220 x140,
Alyssa Giustino, KEH Communications, 410-978-9638,

Washington, D.C. – July 21, 2011 –TheLearning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 national education associations representing more than ten million parents, educators and policymakers, has announced that American Association of School Administrators (AASA) executive director, Dan Domenech, will serve as the chair of their Board of Directors. Domenech has served as the executive director of AASA since July 2008 and has more than 36 years of experience in public education, twenty-seven of those years serving as a school superintendent.

Domenech began his career teaching in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a diverse community in South Jamaica, Queens. He has held numerous positions in public education, including, most notably, Program Director for the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Superintendent of schools for Long Island’s Deer Park and South Huntington School Districts, District Superintendent of the Second Supervisory District of Suffolk County and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Suffolk BOCES. Most recently, Domenech served as Senior Vice President for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education and served for seven years as Superintendent of the Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the nation with 168,000 students.

Domenech is a past president of AASA, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first President and Co-founder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. He has also served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, on the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, and on the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and on the boards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Education Policy Institute, and as chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia.

“Dan Domenech has a long and impressive record as an educational leader who builds bridges to multiple communities and leads by example through his coalition work. I look forward to Dan’s tenure as LFA Board chair and to working with him and the LFA Board of Directors to amplify the good work that public education accomplishes. In addition, with Dan’s help we will reach out to new partners to ensure continued school improvement for all our students,” said Cheryl Williams, Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance.

About The Learning First Alliance

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National Middle School Association, National School Public Relations Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.