Julie Davis Bell, Ph.D., is the Education Program Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has been with NCSL for 25 years and has directed the Education Program for 22 years. In that capacity she oversees the 12-person Education Program staff and is responsible for setting Program priorities, responding to constituent needs and requests, developing new education projects, and interfacing with other national education policy organizations. She also serves as the program policy specialist for higher education issues. She speaks and writes regularly about education and legislative issues. Julie received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis in 1986. Prior to joining NCSL she was a policy associate with the Center for Policy Research in Denver and taught political science courses at the University of Colorado.