COABE Board Nominations and Elections 2023

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education represents the system of 79,000 adult educators across the United States. COABE has over 40,000 active members, and serves nearly 51,000 individuals annually through programming and special events. COABE membership benefits include professional development opportunities such as webinars, virtual and national conferences and regional institutes, access to the COABE Journal, participation in our legislative advocacy initiatives, the six time award winning “Educate and Elevate” national public awareness campaign, and the award winning Move Ahead with Adult Ed campaign to help local programs increase enrollment.


The COABE election process is underway, providing current members the opportunity to review the ballot of prestigious leaders and cast your vote for the candidate(s) of your choice! Click the link below for more information on the candidate’s profiles, and submit your ballot by 4/3/23. All votes will be tabulated and certified by the elections committee, and the results will be posted on 4/4/23. Please contact with any questions.


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2023 Candidates


Jeffrey Abramowitz   |  view candidate video

Shaketta Thomas  |  view candidate video


Danielle Cox  |  view candidate video

Hector Martinez  |  view candidate video

Region 1 Representative:

Kristin Hempel  |  view candidate video

Lisa Lee  |  view candidate video

Region 3 Representative:

Karyn Goven  |  view candidate video

Michael Matos  |  view candidate video

Candidate Profiles


Watch the archived webinar to meet the candidates. You will have the opportunity to hear the candidates’ platform as well as why they chose to run for office.

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