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Our Executive Director

Mary Jane Cobb is executive director of the Iowa State Education Association
Mary Jane Cobb headshot

Mary Jane Cobb has devoted her career to advocating for others. As the director of cooperative education at Douglas MacArthur State Technical College she worked with students to find appropriate work-study placements to help launch their careers. She also taught job search skills and was active in the Alabama College and Co-op and Placement Association.

Mary Jane has been working for educators as an association staff member since 1994. She worked as a UniServ director with the Alabama Education Association in both rural and urban school settings. She then joined the staff of the National Education Association where she worked as an organization specialist in the government relations arena.

Mary Jane assumed the role of executive director of the ISEA in 2008.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with course work in education and human resources from Auburn University at Montgomery, in Alabama. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in government was awarded by Campbell University in North Carolina. She earned a certificate in Organization Development from the National Training Laboratories Institute and the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission of the American Society of Association Executives conferred the CAE credentials on Mary Jane in 2013. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.


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The Iowa State Education Association works to promote, advance, and protect public education, the education profession, and the rights and interests of our members. When you join the ISEA, you’re joining forces with the power and influence of 3.2 million members nationwide.