Arts Education: Local Impact of Federal Policy

Tuesday, April 3, 2:00 EDT/ 11:00 PDT [PASSED]
Alex Nock, Penn Hill Group

Session 2 of the  2012 Web Conference Series
A recording of this presentation is available here.


In 2012, Grantmakers in the Arts formed the Arts Education Funders Coalition, a group of funders concerned with the inequities of our public education system and determined that their investments should not be undermined by federal policy that ignores those inequities. Working with Penn Hill Group, a Washington, D.C.-based education policy firm, the Coalition will identify opportunities and policies to enhance arts education at the federal level. During this Web Conference, Penn Hill Group executive vice president Alex Nock will report on the progress of federal-level arts education policy development, providing an update on potential opportunities and impacts at the local level.

Presented by Alex Nock, Executive Vice President, Penn Hill Group.

Presenter Bio:

Alex Nock is executive vice president at Penn Hill Group. During his seventeen years in Washington, D.C., he has been a part of every major piece of federal education and disability policy legislation. Prior to his position with Penn Hill Group, from 2007-10, Nock served as the Democratic deputy staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. He has led numerous reauthorizations while working on Capitol Hill, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the Higher Education Act, and the Head Start Act. He was one of the lead staff members responsible for the No Child Left Behind Act. Nock has also played key roles in the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

Nock previously served as the director of the Commission on No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan, independent effort to improve the No Child Left Behind Act. Prior to the commission, he developed education and social policy on Capitol Hill. He held several positions, including education coordinator for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he spearheaded all Democratic policy and politics on higher education, elementary and secondary education, workforce and job training, disability policy and other social service issues. Nock also worked for Rep. Matthew G. Martinez (D-CA), the Human Resources Subcommittee, the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD).