Washington, DC (November 16, 2009) – Today the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) announced that Kari M. Arfstrom will join the association as its new Chief Membership and Marketing Officer.  Arfstrom most recently served as Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Policy, as well as Acting VP for Education Programs, for the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), an organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, that works with educators, students and communities to bring service-learning curriculum to classrooms and schools.

"CoSN is thrilled to welcome Kari to our team," said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger.  "As her experience shows, Kari has been a leader in both the education and policy worlds for years. Her background and skill set make her an invaluable resource for CoSN and our members, and we look forward to the wealth of knowledge and expertise she brings to our organization."

Prior to working with the NYLC, Arfstrom served as Associate Executive Director for the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), where her responsibilities included facilitating outcomes for the governance of the association and coordinating internal and external communications, marketing, branding, research and analysis efforts. Arfstrom also spent time at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), where she played an important leadership role in supporting AASA’s mission to advance effective school administrators dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.

Early in her career, Arfstrom gained valuable hands-on experience in public policy and education as both a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congressman David Minge (MN-2) and as a Language Arts teacher in the Independent School District #333 in Ogilvie, Minnesota.

Arfstrom received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from George Mason University, a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree in English/theatre arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning. CoSN provides leadership, community and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. 

CoSN leadership initiatives include:
Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org)
Data-Driven Decision-Making (www.3d2know.org)
Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent (www.superintendentempower.org)
Green Computing (www.cosn.org/greencomputing)
IT Crisis Preparedness (www.cosn.org/ITCrisisPrep)
K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org)
Small District Technology Leadership (http://72.3.238.178/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page)
Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org)
Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org)
Web2.0 Policy and Leadership (http://www.cosn.org/web20/).

CoSN’s membership is a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s programs, events and resources supporting and promoting leadership development, advocacy and connections to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.
 

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