PSEA is a community of education professionals who make a difference in the lives of students every day.
Phoenixville EA member John Odell is in his second successful career after 24 years with the Army.
Pennsylvania’s public schools should be the safest and healthiest places for students to learn and grow. To make sure they are, we need the most qualified teachers, teaching assistants, school nurses, counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
PSEA is committed to making changes aimed at protecting everyone who works and learns in our schools.
Jim Vaughan became PSEA's executive director in 2015. Jim began working for PSEA in 2004, and became assistant executive director for government relations in 2007. In that role, he was responsible for the association’s lobbying, advocacy, and political operations and served as part of PSEA’s senior management team.
Since 2007, Jim has been involved in all aspects of the organization’s policy and operational decision-making. He also oversaw a fundamental change in PSEA’s member-to-member advocacy structure, helping to design a system that now includes 11 full-time Field staff members who serve as region advocacy coordinators and more than 3,000 PSEA members who serve as building action coordinators in their buildings.
As assistant executive director, Jim has led PSEA’s successful lobbying and campaign initiatives, deploying the association’s lobbying and advocacy staff to defeat legislation that threatened public education and PSEA members’ rights and to elect pro-public education candidates for the General Assembly, judiciary, statewide row offices, and the governor’s office.
Jim is a 1997 graduate of Millersville University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
He lives in Lancaster County, with his wife and children.
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