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Zamora Joins CCSSO’s Government Affairs Team

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Peter Zamora will join CCSSO's government affairs team as Director of Federal Relations.

"We are thrilled to have Peter join our advocacy team," said CCSSO membership director, Chris Minnich. "His extensive experience working with policy makers and his intimate knowledge of today's education reform environment will allow CCSSO to advance state reform agendas in Washington, DC and beyond."

Zamora previously served as Senior Education Counsel for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Prior to joining Senator Bingaman's staff, Zamora served as Washington, D.C. Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). In this capacity, he developed and implemented MALDEF's legislative and administrative strategies regarding federal education law and policy, voting rights, immigration, and other civil rights priorities. He served as Co-Chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition, which unites 26 organizations in support of improved educational opportunities for Latino students and families.

Zamora is a former bilingual-credentialed public high school teacher who holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and the Georgetown University Law Center. He joins senior advocacy associate Adam Ezring on the government relations team at CCSSO.