Ybarra’s legislative liaison named

State superintendent Sherri Ybarra made it official Thursday, naming a new legislative liaison.

Duncan Robb

Duncan Robb — an engagement manager for the Education Delivery Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit — will join Ybarra’s staff on July 1.

In his time at EDI, Robb worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers, a coalition of state school superintendents. In this role, Robb worked “to provide capacity-building support to state education chiefs and their agencies,” Ybarra said in a Thursday news release.

Robb holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. He also taught sixth-grade math in Houston, as part of the Teach for America program.

As Idaho Education News reported Wednesday, Ybarra had recently completed her search for a new legislative liaison. But the department did not publicly name the hire until Thursday.

The policy liaison will work with legislators and legislative committees to advocate for Ybarra’s budget and legislative proposals.

Robb will replace Tim Corder, a former state senator who left Ybarra’s staff in the midst of the 2016 legislative session. Neither Corder nor Ybarra have talked in detail about his departure.

Robb’s salary will be $100,000, Ybarra spokesman Jeff Church said. Corder’s annual salary was $108,139.




Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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