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ED-RED New Executive Director

June 13, 2018

ED-RED, “The Voice of Suburban Schools”, is pleased to announce it has selected Sarah Hartwick as its new Executive Director. Ms. Hartwick will lead ED-RED in bringing together suburban schools to advocate on behalf of suburban public school students. The ED-RED Executive Board anticipates finalizing a contract that will include a July 2018 start for Sarah.

“Sarah has the extensive advocacy expertise and superior communication skills necessary to represent ED-RED school districts in Springfield at this critical time for public education in Illinois,” stated Gretchen Livingston, Executive Board Chair.

Hartwick has over ten years of educational advocacy experience in Springfield with a variety of agencies, including the Illinois State Board of Education, Advance Illinois, legislative staff and Illinois Head Start Association.  She holds both a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. of Public Education from the University of Illinois at Springfield and has recently been selected to participate in the 2018 Class of Edgar Fellows.

“ED-RED members include some of the highest achieving districts in this state with unique challenges.  Growing up in the suburbs provided me with first-hand experience into those challenges. My experiences at the capitol, ISBE and Advance IL have afforded me the opportunities to seek solutions to those challenges while collaborating with education advocates across the state.  I am very excited about this opportunity and for the future of ED-RED,” Hartwick commented.

Hartwick currently serves as the Illinois State Board of Education Co-Director of Legislative Affairs.


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