Thomas J. Gentzel is Executive Director & CEO Emeritus of the National School Boards Association. An unabashed yet pragmatic advocate for public education and the community leadership essential to its success, he worked on behalf of, and advocated for, school boards and effective local governance for 40 years. Prior to leading NSBA for more than seven years, he spent over 32 years with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, including 11 years as its executive director.
In 2017, Mr. Gentzel was named one of 20 National Education Thought Leaders by TrustEd, and was recipient of the 2014 Edward Donley Award by the Education Policy and Leadership Center. He is a founding member of the National Board of Counselors for the Arizona State University School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership, and is a former chair of the Learning First Alliance, a coalition of 13 of the country's leading education organizations.
Mr. Gentzel earned a bachelor degree in community development and a Master of Public Administration degree from The Pennsylvania State University, where he delivered the 2017 College of Education commencement address and received the college's 2018 Service to Penn State Award.