Dr. Mark W. Lauria has been the Executive Director for the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) since 2009. NYSAIS is the second largest state association of independent school in the United States with 198-member schools and organizations serving 82,000 students. Prior to his work with NYSAIS, he served for 13 years as Head of School at a Southern California independent school. In addition to his work as a Head of School, he was the President of the Board of Trustees for the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
Before beginning his independent school service, Dr. Lauria worked in the Ontario-Montclair School District where he was an assistant superintendent, director of certificated personnel, principal, assistant principal, and teacher. He is actively involved on three nonprofit boards currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), the Treasurer of the Parents League of New York, and the Cloud Forest School Foundation in Costa Rica.
Dr. Lauria earned his B.A. in literature and psychology from Claremont McKenna College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in educational administration from Claremont Graduate University. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and traveling and recently completed walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain.