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David Byer is an education policy specialist who works closely with thought leaders and organizations in the education, technology, and policymaking communities.

Byer has served as executive director of the U.S. Web-based Education Commission and vice president of government affairs for the Software and Information Industry Association. He has also held advocacy positions with the American Society for Training and Development, National School Boards Association, and National Association of College and University Business Officers. He began his career as an assistant to U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island.

Byer is a founder and former board member of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET). He also served on the boards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the National School Boards Association Foundation, Association of Career and Technical Education Foundation, and Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). He chaired ISTE’s Public Policy Committee, P21’s National Policy Task Force, and the National Governors Association STEM Task Force; he was also appointed to policy task forces with the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Council of State Legislatures, Education Commission of the States, and Computer Science Education Coalition. Byer was the inaugural recipient of NCTET’s Founders Award in 2017 and was named the Consortium for School Networking Private Sector Champion in 2005.

Byer holds a BA and an MBA from the George Washington University.