For immediate release
SETDA Board of Directors, Chair
SETDA Announces Julia Fallon as
New Executive Director
December 18, 2020 (Washington, DC) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, today announced Julia Fallon as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Fallon will bring her extensive experience in the educational technology field and her strategic leadership and systems thinking skills to SETDA as the organization continues to focus on helping school systems ensure students can continue learning away from brick and mortar schools during the pandemic.
“It is truly an honor to be given the opportunity to lead SETDA as Executive Director. I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, especially in a post-pandemic world, and am looking forward to working with state members, affiliates, and our partners to shape that future,” stated Julia Fallon. “I will continue to leverage SETDA’s collective expertise, influence, and collaborative nature to advocate for public school systems where educators are able to optimize technology-rich learning environments that protect student privacy and equitably engage all learners.”
Ms. Fallon currently serves as the Title II, Part A program lead for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) where she provides operational leadership and technical assistance for the federal program focused on improving the quality of instruction and administration. She is a longtime SETDA state member, a past SETDA Board Chair, and was the 2019 recipient of the SETDA State Leader of the Year award. She holds degrees from New York University and Pepperdine University and is also a recipient of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Making IT Happen and the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) President’s awards. In her new role, she will focus on improving digital learning opportunities for all students, collaborating with members and other peers nationally through SETDA initiatives, and engaging with the broader education and policy-making communities to advocate for leveraging effective technology to support students no matter where they live.
“Julia is a mission-driven leader who excels in advocating for digital equity, strong support systems, student data privacy, interoperability, and sustainable funding streams that promote the seamless integration of educational technology into the teaching and learning process, as well as school operations,” said Eric Hileman, SETDA Board Chair, Emeritus member and Executive Director of Information Technology Services for Oklahoma City Public Schools. “The SETDA Board is thrilled to have Julia join SETDA in this capacity and know that the organization will greatly benefit from her skills and expertise as we enter the uncharted waters beyond the pandemic.”
The SETDA Board also wishes to publicly thank longtime staff member Christine Fox, Interim Executive Director, for her years of service to the organization and offers her continued success in her future endeavors. She is departing SETDA effective January 1, 2021 to pursue an opportunity with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
Ms. Fallon will begin her duties with SETDA on January 19, 2021.
Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit https://www.setda.org.