Meet the Government Relations & School Finance Team

Our Government Relations Team works to help IASB members be a strong and effective voice for public education. They create advocacy toolkits and other resources for members, along with maintaining powerful coalitions with other education organizations on certain issues impacting public education. They work with the IASB Legislative Resolutions Committee to determine our annual legislative priorities and lobby at the Capitol each legislative session to make sure these priorities are met.

Our School Finance Team helps ensure that members have a clear picture of their financial health with IASB’s Financial Focus toolkits. These tools help support strong financial planning that aligns the district budget with its goals, ensure risk management practices are in place, and include a comprehensive understanding of Iowa’s school funding formula.

Your IASB staff consultants are a phone call or email away to assist you with using these tools. They also offer custom facilitated workshops that can help one board or a group of boards consider their work.

 
Shawn Snyder
 

Shawn Snyder

Associate Executive Director, Government Relations and School Finance

Shawn Snyder is the Associate Executive Director, Government Relations and School Finance for the Iowa Association of School Boards. He has been with the association since 2014. In his role, Shawn provides support for school board members, superintendents, and school business officials on issues related to school finance and legislative issues. Prior to joining IASB, Shawn spent 12 years at the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency, staffing the Senate and House Ways and Means and Education Committees, including modeling the School Aid Formula. He also spent four years at the Iowa Department of Education as the Chief of the Bureau of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.

Shawn earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Management and a Master of Arts in Economics, both from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He serves on the Utility Replacement Tax Task Force and the Department of Transportation’s Vertical Infrastructure Committee.

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Jan Miller-Hook
 

Jan Miller-Hook

School Finance Director

Jan Miller-Hook has been the School Finance Director at the Iowa Association of School Boards since 2022. In her role, Jan creates and delivers information and educational resources for IASB members and support organizations on school finance and fiscal stewardship, as well as supports IASB advocacy efforts on school funding with recommendations on public policy.

Jan has 20 years of experience in PK-12 finances, including over 14 years as the Chief Financial Officer for the Johnston Community Schools. Jan earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central College and is a graduate of the Iowa Association of School Business Officials Academy. She graduated from Creston Community Schools.

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Phil Jeneary
 

Phil Jeneary

Government Relations Director

Phil Jeneary has been the Government Relations Director at the Iowa Association of School Boards since 2015. In his role, Phil works with IASB members to effectively advocate with legislators, and lobbies on their behalf at the Capitol. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Central College.

Prior to joining IASB, Phil worked on numerous political campaigns in Iowa and Florida, was an intern for an Iowa Senator in Washington D.C., and helped build a grassroots advocacy network at a major PR firm. Phil is currently a board member for the Board of Appeals for the City of Waukee. He is a graduate of Le Mars Community Schools.

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Emily Piper
 

Emily Piper

Lobbyist

Emily Piper has worked for the Iowa Association of School Boards since 2008. She leads IASB advocacy efforts on behalf of public schools at the Iowa State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, the State Board of Education, administrative rules hearings, state commissions, and state and federal courts. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degrees from Miami University, and a Masters in Public Administration degree from Drake University.

She is integral in developing resources, education and opportunities for school board members interested in engaging in advocacy. In addition to lobbying for IASB, Emily has represented a variety of clients before the Iowa Legislature and Congress. Emily is a proud foster dog mom with Hope Animal Rescue of Iowa.

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Michelle Johnson
 

Michelle Johnson

Government Relations & School Finance Specialist

Michelle Johnson has been the Government Relations & School Finance Specialist at the Iowa Association of School Boards since 2017. Michelle supports the Government Relations & School Finance Team in their work with IASB members. During the legislative session, she tracks all education related bills as they move through the legislature, submits bill registrations, and does in-depth research for IASB’s lobbying efforts to provide our members with effective talking points.

Prior to joining IASB, Michelle ran a state legislative campaign in NE Iowa and spent two legislative sessions working at the Capitol. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics from Iowa State University and is a graduate of Ankeny Community Schools.

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