Press Release

AAP Names Kelly L. Denson as Senior Director, Education Policy and Programs

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today that Kelly L. Denson has joined AAP as Senior Director, Education Policy and Programs. An experienced advocate, Denson will lead policy and program initiatives for both the higher education and prek-12 learning sectors, while also contributing to priorities across the organization.

Denson’s previous experience includes nearly eight years at Discovery Communications, most recently as Director of Education Policy and Government Affairs. Immediately preceding Discovery, she worked for seven years at the Educational Testing Service where she held policy and public affairs positions. Earlier in her career she worked in student affairs at Boston University, and began her career as a middle school teacher at The Dalton School in New York City.

“Kelly is a natural leader, thoughtful analyst, and creative thinker,” said Maria Pallante, President and CEO of AAP. “She comes to us with considerable experience in education, education policy and public affairs, and we are more than delighted to welcome her to the team.”

During her tenure at Discovery, Denson worked on education policies and partnerships with a variety of content and technology stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels, including Congressional Offices, the U.S. Department of Education, and The White House. She advised on key issues in education, developed signature company initiatives, and created media events and advocacy campaigns on such issues as digital learning and STEM education.

“I am excited to join AAP’s important mission and talented policy team,” said Denson. “Quality content is the cornerstone of learning and student success, making a strong publishing industry an essential part of the learning process.”

Denson holds a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.

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