Christopher Woodside — Chief Operating Officer
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.
You can contact Chris at ChrisW@nafme.org
Lynn Tuttle — Director of Public Policy & Professional Development
Lynn Tuttle is the Director of Public Policy 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, teacher evaluation and the interconnection of federal and state policy. Prior to joining NAfME in September, 2015, Lynn served as the Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties for the state of Arizona included providing professional development in and revision of Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards, arts assessment and arts integration; Title I, and arts education data collection. Lynn is a Past-President for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and was one of the leaders of the creation of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards.
Lynn holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in flute performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music (valedictorian), Bachelor’s and Master’s 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. She continues to teach flute and perform chamber and choral music in Phoenix, AZ.
You can contact Lynn at LynnT@nafme.org
Ronny Lau — Public Policy Advisor
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.
You can contact Ronny at RonnyL@nafme.org
Tooshar Swain — Public Policy Advisor
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.
You can contact Tooshar at ToosharS@nafme.org