The New Jersey School Boards Association recently hired a legislative advocate to represent the interests of the Association before the state Legislature, the governor’s office, the state’s congressional delegation and governmental bodies and agencies.

Jesse Young, who most recently worked at the New Jersey Department of Education, brings a wealth of experience working in education policy development and implementation to NJSBA.

“We feel very lucky to be welcoming someone of Mr. Young’s caliber to the NJSBA team,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, executive director of NJSBA. “He has represented the state at numerous legislative conferences and gatherings. He also knows how much work goes into advocacy – as well as many of the officials involved and the issues that are important to our members.”

Young graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and minors in finance and teacher preparation. Before joining the NJDOE, he was a student teacher at Trenton Public Schools.

As legislative advocate, Young will work closely with Jonathan Pushman, director of governmental relations at NJSBA, and the rest of the advocacy team.

As he was gearing up to start in his new role, Young joined the NJSBA for its Legislative Committee meeting May 7. “I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic and committed team as NJSBA Government Relations,” he said. “I look forward to supporting the Association in advocating to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.”