Matt Aber-Towns has been named executive director of the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), the teacher advocacy organization announced Wednesday.
Aber-Towns officially starts work June 14.
“I am thrilled to be joining the NCAE family, and I look forward to working alongside a union board and staff that share my values and passion for justice, democracy, public education, education professionals, and the labor movement,” Aber-Towns said in a statement.
He succeeds interim executive director John I. Wilson who agreed last July to serve until a permanent replacement was named.
Aber-Towns has more than a decade of experience in education association work, most recently as the executive director of the Idaho Education Association. His previous experience includes working for affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and with Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
“Matt (Aber-Towns) is the perfect addition to the NCAE team, with organizing and leadership skills that will help us continue the amazing work we are doing for educators, students, and public education throughout North Carolina,” NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly said in a statement. “We are excited about the energy, passion, and experience he brings to the Association, and we cannot wait for him to start here in North Carolina.”
Aber-Towns has spent the last two years leading the NEA affiliate in Idaho. Before that, he spent eight years with AFT serving as organizing director for Early Childhood Education and Care, deputy director of the Southwest and Mountain Region, and national representative for Organizing and Field Services.
He was recognized two consecutive years by President Barack Obama’s White House Summit on Worker Voice for successfully elevating the role of women of color and creating an innovative bargaining model with employers. His also has extensive experience in training, budgeting, and capacity-building.