Ben Schwarm, Deputy Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards

Ben is Deputy Executive Director and oversees, Advocacy/Governmental Relations, State and federal legislative representation, Delegate Assembly and member resolutions, Statewide School Management Alliance, legal calendar, new school laws, digest of bills passed, IASB position statements, and advocacy.  In addition he assists in covering Association management, membership relations, records and dues, board of directors, NSBA relations, job fair, annual report and sponsored programs. Includes offices of Meetings Management, General Counsel and Executive Searches.

Ben assists the Executive Director in policy formation and budget formation for statewide association. Responsible for Human Resources, general staff supervisory responsibilities, and day-to-day operations for a staff of 70 employees located in offices in Springfield, IL and in the Chicago suburbs.


Heads the Governmental Relations Department, consisting of State and federal legislative efforts, legislative tracking, direct lobbying, legislative reporting, and chief lobbyist coordinating a team of six legislative specialists in an advocacy coalition. Media spokesman for requests on pertinent education issues.

Ben participated on Issues in Education for a special edition which aired live from the Old State Capitol, as well as the School Safety Security Security Symposium.    Please click the video and photo link to hear what he had to say on various safety issues relating to our public schools.

Contact Information:


Illinois Association of School Boards

2921 Baker Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5929
Phone:  217.528.9688  x1137

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