Nathan R. Monell, CAE
Bringing more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations and associations, Monell joined National PTA as its executive director on May 11, 2015. Prior to the National PTA, Monell most recently served as the president and CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, the advocacy, technical assistance and training organization for the federal GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). GEAR UP is a $300 million program of the U.S. Department of Education that serves some 600,000 students from low-income communities by helping them enroll and succeed in postsecondary institutions. Prior to this position, Monell was president and CEO of Foster Care Alumni of America, a national advocacy association of adults who were in the foster care system as children. Nathan is a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives. He earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University, a M.A. in Communication Studies (Organizational Communications/Behavior) from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Speech from Cornerstone University. He chaired the Board of Regents for Leadership Arlington from 2007-2008 and was a seven-year member of its Board. Mr. Monell consults with and trains nonprofit executives, boards of directors and others in the advancement of the nonprofit profession and management through the Leadership Center for Excellence.