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P.O. Box 95166
Lincoln, NE 68509

Stand For Schools advances
public education in Nebraska.

Public education reflects Nebraska’s values. Public schools are open to all, they are free and fair, and they provide fiscally conservative oversight of taxpayer dollars through elected school boards.

Nebraska has developed public schools that work. Our state boasts the second-highest high school graduation rate in the country, one of the nation’s top ACT scores, and the seventh-highest college-going rate in the nation. The vast majority of Nebraskans, nearly 80 percent, support public education, according to recent Gallup polls. We know public education works, and we need to pursue further improvements to meet our state’s changing needs.

Stand For Schools exists to support our public schools’ history of success, and to find innovative ways to make them even stronger — through opportunities like early childhood education, school to career pathways, and before- and after-school and summer programming.

We believe our state does best when we come up with Nebraska solutions to Nebraska challenges. Education is no exception.

Ann Hunter-Pirtle,
Stand For Schools Executive Director

Ann is a Lincoln, Nebraska native and a proud graduate of Lincoln Public Schools and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, from which she holds a BA in Political Science and French and an MS in Agricultural Economics. Prior to founding Stand For Schools, she spent 5 years in Washington, DC working at the U.S. Senate, the White House, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ann is passionate about preserving and strengthening Nebraska’s public schools so that future generations of Nebraskans can enjoy the opportunities she received.

Daniel Russell,
Stand For Schools Deputy Executive Director

Daniel joins Stand For Schools with experience in nonprofit operations and oversight. He is a proud product of Nebraska public schools, graduating first from Lincoln Public Schools and then from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska College of Law. Before Stand For Schools, Daniel worked for 5 years at the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office in nonprofit regulation and oversight. He then spent a year at iMentor, a nonprofit organization in New York City that focuses on fostering mentoring relationships for low-income, first-generation high school students to support graduation and success in college.

Melina Cohen,
Stand For Schools Outreach Coordinator

Melina joined Stand For Schools in 2017 with a wealth of experience in nonprofit administrative support and grassroots organizing. She grew up in rural western Iowa, where she attended a small public school and went on to study at the University of Iowa. In addition to her work at Stand For Schools, Melina is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is proud to support Nebraska’s excellent schools and is a staunch advocate for equity in education.