Director of Communications
P-12 and Higher Ed
- Data and statistics, Research and methodology
Tony Pals is the director of communications at the American Educational Research Association. He leads the association’s external and internal communications program, directing media relations, social media, and web communications. Pals is responsible for efforts to expand the visibility of the organization and the field of education research; for positioning AERA as a trusted source for news, information, and guidance; and advising the executive director on strategic communications. Prior to joining AERA, Pals was at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities for 16 years, including serving as director of communications since 2010. He has also served as the senior media relations coordinator at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Before coming to Washington, D.C., Pals worked on the metro and sports desks of the Des Moines Register and served as a field coordinator for the Iowa Democratic Party. Pals holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University and a master’s in communication from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.