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Tennesseans for Student Success Adds Staff to Promote Even Greater Student Outcomes

For Immediate Release                                                                         

June 27, 2019            

Media Contact                                                                

Lani Short,

NASHVILLE, TN — Today, Tennesseans for Student Success (TSS) announced the addition of two new staff members and an advancement of the organization’s statewide outreach efforts to accelerate and expand the organization’s work in promoting greater student success across Tennessee.

Susan Martin, a former three-term member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, is the organization’s new Director of Government Relations. First elected to public office in 2013, Martin served as Chair of the NC House Finance Committee, as well as the Commerce and Job Development Committee. She also co-chaired the Joint Legislative Economic Development, the House Study Committee on Education Innovation, and the Mental Health Subcommittee. Prior to running for public office, Martin worked as a sales consultant for IBM. 

Lani Short has joined the organization as its new Communications Director. Short, a native Tennessean, joins Tennesseans for Student Success after nearly four years in Washington D.C. where she served as press assistant to the Republican National Committee before joining Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) as his press secretary. Most recently, Lani served as the deputy communications director for the U.S. House Committee on Small Business.

“As Tennesseans for Student Success continues to grow, we are accelerating our advocacy for the student-centered policies and initiatives that are having a positive impact on families and communities across Tennessee,” said Adam Lister, President and CEO of Tennesseans for Student Success. “In addition to these staff announcements, we are strategically focused on maximizing our grassroots and outreach efforts within the state through a more focused engagement on our field team to have maximum impact on student outcomes and success. We are proud of the ways TSS has supported students and teachers in Tennessee, and excited about the opportunities and important work ahead.”


Tennesseans for Student Success is a nonprofit issue advocacy organization committed to improving student achievement in Tennessee. To learn more, visit


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