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Dr. Carissa Moffat Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), where she works with state education chiefs to ensure all students have the opportunity to graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life. With a deep understanding of education policy at the state and national levels, Carissa leads CCSSO’s efforts to help states deliver equitable education opportunities to every student.

Carissa, a first-generation college graduate, was named head of CCSSO in 2018, becoming the first woman to lead in its 90-year history.

Prior to joining CCSSO, Carissa served as a deputy superintendent at the Idaho State Department of Education and led the implementation of statewide online testing for the Idaho State Board of Education. Carissa holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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Scott Norton is the Chief Program Officer. In his role, he directs and oversees the development and execution of our programmatic areas. Scott works to make sure all programs are designed to ensure strategic planning goals are met, core values are reinforced, and programmatic activities help to maximize organizational impact. Additionally, he oversees staff that supports programmatic connections to budgets/contracts, innovation, and activities related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Prior to joining our team, Scott was the assistant superintendent in the Office of Standards, Assessments, and Accountability for the Louisiana Department of Education.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Tennessee Technological University, a master’s degree in education administration, a master’s degree of public administration and a doctoral degree in educational administration and supervision from Louisiana State University.


Bruce Buterbaugh

Bruce Buterbaugh is CCSSO's Chief Financial Officer.  In his role, he is responsible
for directing the financial and accounting activities of the Council and establishing fiscal policies and procedures.  He also ensures that the finance staff maintain the financial record systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and monitors the use of all funds.

Prior to joining the Council in 1988, Bruce was the Audit Manager for the certified public accounting firm of Ben A. Kendall, CPA.

Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Shippensburg University and is a certified public accountant. 


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Melissa McGrath is CCSSO’s Chief of Staff and oversees the Council’s Communications, Advocacy and Executive Office. As Chief of Staff, Melissa is tasked with keeping her pulse on key work across the organization, advising the Chief Executive Officer and senior leadership on critical changes in the education policy landscape, and proactively identifying opportunities to advance CCSSO’s reach, both internally and externally. 

Melissa joined CCSSO in 2014 and previously served as the Director of Communications where she was responsible for developing and executing the Council's strategic communications. In that role, she also worked communications directors in each state education agency to provide resources and support to them as they communicated throughout their states about education priorities. Prior to joining the organization, she spent more than seven years as the Communications Director for the Idaho State Department of Education. Melissa holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.