Meet our Staff

Message from our Executive Director, John Roach

As the executive director of the National Association of School Superintendents, I’d like to welcome you to our national organization that is dedicated to federal advocacy and growing the voice of school leaders nationwide.
I served 14 years as a superintendent and have been a NASS member for nearly a decade. I began my career as a sixth-grade teacher and also served as an elementary and high school administrator, middle school principal and associate superintendent.
In addition to my NASS duties, I currently serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, teaching leadership and accountability classes. I also serve as a consultant to search firms, as well as companies that design and build schools. There is also my direct work with the Association of California School Administrators, where I lead the New Superintendents’ Seminar Series and provides expertise in collective bargaining and governance for school districts through ACSA’s Targeted Assistance Program.
I believe superintendents have a unique opportunity to tell the stories of what is happening in their districts and affect national change. The job of superintendent can be a lonely one, but NASS’ federal platform and events like the annual NASS Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. offer each of us a valuable chance to have face-to-face meetings with federal decision makers.
I earned a doctorate in educational administration from USC and a Master’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University (Ca.). I was also a finalist for the NASS Superintendent of the Year award in 2011, a tradition that honors the top student advocates nationwide.



Dr. Sonny DaMarto, Associate Executive Director

I first joined NASS in 2009 and served on the Executive Board until I became the Associate Executive Director in 2016. As a former superintendent, I valued the ability to network with superintendents from across the country, sharing ideas and learning from each other. NASS provided me with not only access to other school leaders, but a library of resources and professional development focused on the work of a superintendent. I'm excited to now serve as a leader in the association as we advocate at the federal level in Washington D.C. to best serve the needs of students across the United States