EWA Welcomes Deputy Director
3 New Hires to Serve Needs of Growing Membership

EWA is pleased to announce the addition of three new members of its staff, including Erik Robelen, a veteran education reporter and editor who joins EWA today as the organization’s first deputy director.

“With his long experience covering education at the national level, Erik is a great addition to the EWA leadership team,” said Scott Elliott, president of the EWA Board of Directors. 

Besides Robelen, EWA is welcoming Natalie Gross, a former reporter who has joined EWA as a programs assistant and the author of EWA’s Latino Ed Beat blog. And EWA is delighted that Michael Marriott, an association professional, has come on board as EWA’s new multimedia and Web manager.

“Erik, Natalie, and Michael all bring unique talents and experiences to our work,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “Together, they will work with the rest of our terrific team to take EWA to the next level in serving our members.” 

Under the leadership of EWA’s Board of Directors, the EWA staff works to increase the quality and quantity of education coverage to create a better-informed society.

Erik Robelen
Deputy Director

Erik RobelenBefore joining EWA, Erik Robelen worked for fifteen years as a reporter and editor at the national newspaper Education Week. As an editor, he oversaw coverage of teaching, standards, assessment, and curriculum. As a reporter, he wrote widely on K–12 issues, including federal and state policy; charter schools and school choice; standards and testing; and teaching and curriculum.

Previously, Robelen was an education analyst and writer at ASCD, a national education organization, and worked as a reporter and editor at Inside Washington Publishers. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia.

Natalie Gross 
Programs Assistant & Latino Ed Beat Blogger

Natalie GrossBefore joining EWA, Natalie Gross worked as a reporter in the Southwest covering K-12 education in both New Mexico and Texas. She was part of two writing teams that won first-place awards in 2013 from the New Mexico Press Association and received the School Bell Award in 2014 from the Texas State Teachers Association for a story on the Lubbock Independent School District’s controversial use of taxpayer funds. In addition to writing about education, she has covered crime, city government, oil and gas and produced award-winning coverage of other topics. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Maranatha Baptist University.

Michael Marriott
Multimedia & Web Manager

Michael MarriottMichael Marriott is responsible for the day-to-day operation of EWA’s website, data analytics, and the production of multimedia resources and online events. Before joining EWA, he was the communications and public affairs manager at the American Academy of Nursing. He also worked at the American Political Science Association, where his duties included public engagement, event organization, and digital media creation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University, where he studied political science with a focus on public policy.