Quentin R. Lawson
Quentin R. Lawson has more than 40 years of management and marketing experience
in a variety of public service and non-profit settings. Areas
of expertise include association management, product and service
marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, organizational
development, special events planning and building coalitions
among high ranking officials in the private, public and non-profit
Executive Director, National Alliance of Black School Educators, Washington, DC (March 1996 – present). Chief executive officer of the largest network of African
American educators in the United States. Responsibilities
include managing a $2.5 million annual budget, developing and
managing professional development, research and policy programs. Additional
duties include managing an annual conference attracting nearly
4,000 educators and forging partnerships with other national
educational associations and corporations.
Executive Director, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC (September 1992 - September 1995). Chief executive officer of a nationally recognized non-profit
organization developed to support the educational, political
and economic empowerment of African Americans. Responsibilities
included administering a $4 million annual budget, overseeing
the implementation of an ambitious programmatic agenda, and
forging partnerships among Members of the Congressional Black
Caucus (CBC), major academic and research institutions, numerous
public policy organizations and public officials from all levels
of government service. Additional duties included managing
a diverse staff of senior managers, mid-level professionals
and support personnel, developing training and educational
programs for the next generation of black policymakers, and
administering an annual policy conference attracting more than
15,000 African American leaders from across the country.
Executive Vice President (1985 – 1987),
Vice President of Applied Research and Director, Urban Consortium
(1981- 1985), Public Technology, Inc., Washington, DC.
Provided oversight to a wide range of programs and services
delivered by a national, non-profit membership organization
of local governments. Primary responsibilities included
managing the design and implementation of a company-wide marketing
plan, overseeing the implementations of research projects organized
around operational areas and supervising staff in the association’s
primary areas of operations. Additional duties included
designing a needs assessment for large city and country governments,
overseeing membership recruitment and retention, collaborating
with elected and appointed government executives in identifying
and resolving special needs and directing the activities of
a network of city and country governments with populations
in excess of 400,000.
Human Development Director, Office of the Mayor, City of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (1975 – 1981). Responsibilities included administering a comprehensive and
innovative human services program -- one of the city’s
two major operational areas. Oversaw 80% of the city’s
$1.2 billion budget. Offices and services supervised
included aging, employment, health and hospitals, public housing,
juvenile and criminal justice, library services, recreation,
public safety and public schools.
Educational Advisor to the Mayor, City of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (1971 – 1975). Assisted in the development and interpretation of local school
policy for public officials and civic and interest groups. Established
unprecedented linkages among school system officials, the business
community and government leaders.
Director, Dropout Prevention Program, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD (1969 – 1971). Developed and directed a $5 million program designed to identify
and implement effective methods for reducing the number of
inner city students who quit school. Secured multi-year
funding for this innovative and widely praised initiative.
Assistant Director, Project Mission, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD (1968 – 1969). Served as coordinator of an urban teacher-training program.
Teacher and School Administrator (1953 – 1968). Held increasingly responsible positions in public school systems
located in Halifax County, Virginia, Hartford County, Maryland
and the City of Baltimore.
VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES AND PROFESSIONAL
Member, Board of Directors of Kurron, Inc. (1993 – present)
Board Member, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (
1994 – 2000)
Chairman, State of Maryland, Governor’s Council on Adolescent
Pregnancy Prevention (1991 – 1999)
Chair, Maryland Higher Education Commission (1995)
Founder and Past President, National Organization of Human
Services Officials, U.S. Conference of Mayors
Member, American Society of Association Executives
Frequent Keynote speaker and presenter at various conferences
and training programs hosted by government agencies, non-profit
organizations and academic institutions.
Master of Science, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (1968)
Master of Education in Supervision and Administration, University
of Maryland, College Park, MD (1968)
Bachelor of ArtsWest
Virginia State College, Institute, WV (1953)