Robert Mahaffey is the director of communications for the Rural School and Community Trust, the premier national advocacy organization dedicated to helping rural schools and communities grow better together. He also serves as president of the Organizations Concerned about Rural Education (OCRE), a national coalition of education, agriculture, community development, technology and utility organizations dedicating to providing a quality education for all rural children and securing the economic future of rural America. In addition, he is vice-chairman of the Coalition of Community Schools.
Previously, Mahaffey was vice president of communications for the New American Schools, the publisher and communications director for the National Association of Secondary School Principals and vice president of external relations for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
As a West Virginia resident, he is a certified substitute teacher and has a BS degree in political science and English from Brigham Young University and an MS degree in management from the University of Maryland.