Chief of External Affairs Announced

NEW HAVEN – At this evening’s Board of Education meeting, Laoise King was appointed to the newly created position of Chief of External Affairs for the New Haven Public Schools.
King brings ten years of experience in the practice of law, municipal government and legislative advocacy to this position.  In her most recent position as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., King directed the City’s intergovernmental relations program.  She worked with the Mayor, City Departments and constituents to develop, prioritize and implement the City’s legislative agenda.
In this new position, King will play a key role in the district’s school reform efforts in a number of areas.  She will work to ensure parental engagement during all stages of the reform process and beyond.  As a parent of a Kindergartner at Edgewood School, she brings an important understanding of parental concerns and needs.  King will work closely with reform planners to broaden the District’s stakeholder pool and secure the infusion of critically important dollars into the reform process..
“Laoise is an accomplished professional and a dedicated parent professional. I believe her background will prove to be a key ingredient in the success of reform here in New Haven”, said Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo.
“This is a unique opportunity to participate in moving New Haven Public Schools to the next level,” said King. “I look forward to working with Dr. Mayo and his team to acquire the resources and support necessary to make reform and the District’s School Change Initiative truly successful. There’s a lot of work to be done but I’m pleased to be able to contribute toward making New Haven the nation’s best urban school district.”
King worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Denver where she represented the Denver Department of Human Services in child dependency and neglect proceedings.  King also spent three years working as Staff Attorney for the National Association of Counsel for Children, a national membership association of child welfare attorneys.  In that position King oversaw the organization’s Federal Policy agenda and conducted numerous trainings around the country on effective local, state and federal lobbying.

King received her Juris Doctor from University of Denver College of Law (1999) and her B.A. degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1995). King is admitted to the Connecticut, New York and Colorado State bars.