Lamplighter Honors

2015: Larry Snowhite

2015: Larry Snowhite

Larry SnowhiteLarry Snowhite
Snowhite Education Solutions Group
Retired Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, McGraw-Hill Education
2015: Ambassador Award

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2015 Ambassador Award Presentation

Larry Snowhite has spent his entire professional career of more than 45 years working in government relations at the federal, state, and local levels for both public and private sector entities. For the past 35 years, his focus has been and continues to be on Education.

Larry served the Association of American Publishers in multiple capacities: as chair of both the Government Relations and Test Committees; a member of the PreK-12 Learning Group Executive Committee; and as an active participant on the Higher Education, Copyright, Tax, and Serving Students with Disabilities Committees. He also was elected to the Board of Directors of the Software and Information Industry Association and currently is on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET).

Larry recently retired from his position as Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for McGraw-Hill Education. He has established the Snowhite Education Solutions Group, LLC to provide comprehensive consulting services for strategic planning, government relations, and market analysis for pre-K, K-12, postsecondary, and adult education.

While at McGraw-Hill Education, Larry’s responsibilities including managing state lobbyists; analyzing and drafting federal and state laws and regulations; and advising senior management on issues such as assessment, education funding, technology, privacy, and intellectual property. Prior to that, Larry worked with Houghton Mifflin Company as Vice President for Government Relations and as outside counsel, lobbying on several ESEA and Higher Education Act reauthorizations and negotiated rulemakings. Establishing and maintaining relations within the industry and with governmental and non-governmental organizations was a core responsibility with both McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin.

While an attorney in private practice, Larry also counseled secondary markets and guaranty agencies for student loans, associations advocating for education of migrant students, investment banks, and trade associations.

Larry was privileged to serve as Director of Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Deputy Director of the State of New Jersey’s Washington Office. His first job in Washington, DC, was lobbying for the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors; the first federal law that had language he authored was the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Larry also taught in the New York City public schools before earning his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and subsequently moving to Washington, DC.