Director of Federal Legislation, National School Boards Association Deborah Rigsby joined National School Boards Association (NSBA) in 2004. Her current assignments include advocacy for education funding, tax-ex pt financing, and school construction. She currently serves on the board of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and is a former president. CEF is a nonpartisan coalition of nearly 100 organizations from the education community. Prior to joining NSBA, she was a senior legislative counsel at the National League of Cities, advocating federal legislative priorities for more than 17,000 cities and towns in the areas of homeland security and municipal finance. Ms. Rigsby was also an aide to the City Council of Jackson, Mississippi, where she worked on issues including community development and affordable housing. A former journalism scholar of The Freedom Forum, Ms. Rigsby has a B.S. in mass communications from Jackson State University and a master's degree in political management from George Washington University.