Kristen Amundson previously served as the President/CEO of National Association of State Boards of Education. She represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999 to 2009. During that time, she was a member of Virginia’s P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Before her election to the General Assembly, Amundson—a former teacher—served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Virginia., School Board, including two years as its chairwoman. She also previously served as the senior vice president for external affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank. She writes frequently on education issues and has been published in The Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, among others. In 2017, she was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve as one of Virginia's Commissioners on the Education Commission of the States.