AACTE Welcomes New Director of Government Relations
AACTE announces the newest addition to its staff, K. Ward Cummings, director of government relations.
“We are delighted to have Ward join us at AACTE,” said President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone. “He brings a wealth of policymaking experience and legislative expertise that will help further advance our advocacy work on both the national and state levels.”
Before joining AACTE, Cummings was a policy adviser for the Committee on the Budget in the U.S. House of Representatives, a senior legislative adviser to U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, and director of intergovernmental affairs in the Maryland State government. He is the co-creator of the Congressional Negotiation Program, a collaboration between Harvard Law School and the Partnership for a Secure America to teach negotiation, conflict resolution, and coalition building skills to senior Capitol Hill staffers. He is a board member of the Rosenthal Fellowship, a program designed to provide international affairs graduate students with Federal government occupational experience.
Cummings, a U.S. Army veteran, holds an M.A. in international relations from American University, a B.As. in Russian and English from the University of Maryland and an A.O.S. from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He is the author of The Capitol Hill Playbook, a guide for individuals interested in working in politics or political institutions at any level of government and Partner to Power: The Secret History of Presidents and their Advisers.
As the son of a former elementary school teacher and himself a former contributing lecturer at the University of Maryland in College Park, Cummings joins the AACTE advocacy team committed to working to ensure that educators at all levels receive the resources and training they need to be productive and effective educators. With a focus on federal government education policy and policymaking in general and state policymaking in particular, Cummings looks forward to putting his training and experience—gained while working in the White House, the U.S. Congress, and the Maryland State House—at the disposal of AACTE and its nationwide membership.