Lynne Munson has served as President and Executive Director of Common Core since its founding in 2007. In five short years Munson has made Common Core an influential advocate for the liberal arts and sciences in K-12 public education. Common Core is also a leading provider of curriculum tools based on the new Common Core State Standards. Lynne was deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from 2001–2005, overseeing all agency operations. During her tenure, Lynne spearheaded the creation of “Picturing America,” the most successful public humanities project in NEH history, which put more than 75,000 sets of fine art images and teaching guides into libraries, K-12 classrooms, and Head Start centers. From 1993-2001 Lynne was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where she wrote Exhibitionism: Art in an Era of Intolerance (Ivan R. Dee, 2000), a book examining the evolution of art institutions and art education. Lynne has written on contemporary cultural and educational issues for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inside Higher Education, and NRO.com’s The Corner. She has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, CNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR and speaks to scholarly and public audiences. Her degree in art history is from Northwestern University.