About Us

Our Mission

The NAESP Foundation advances excellence, innovation, and equity in schools by endowing leadership and learning for principals for the benefit of all children.


The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, founded 1982, is operated as the tax-exempt, charitable arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals—a professional association serving more than 25,000 administrators and other educators in the United States and overseas since 1921.

What We Do

The NAESP Foundation takes an innovative approach to funding and partnerships. We work cooperatively with businesses, universities, government agencies, and foundations to ensure that principals have the tools, resources and recognition they need to succeed.

The NAESP Foundation is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization.



Ernest J. Mannino, Jr., CEO Foundation
    Kara Boyer, Manger, Student Programs and Services x268 kboyer@naesp.org
    Jennifer Shannon, Governance Services Manager x286 jshannon@naesp.org

Foundation Consultants
Richard Barbacane, Liaison with Dept. of State Office of Overseas Schools (p.t.) (cross-team)
Darlene Pierce, Project Manager (p.t.) x278 dpierce@naesp.org