Dr. Jobi Lawrence has almost 30 years of experience working with English learner and at-risk populations through program administration, evaluation, and implementation with educators nationwide. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, she currently serves as the Director of Product Development & Strategic Partnerships for ELPA21 and leads the collaborative efforts on behalf of partner states. Before joining ELPA21 she led the work at the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA). Prior to joining the NCELA team, she served as the Director of Title III and Education Program Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education. Dr. Lawrence started her career as a classroom teacher and also spent time as a tenured faculty member at an institution of higher education, where she directed teacher and administrator preparation programming.