Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

Tracey Benson is a state-level leader and advocate for public education. She is the associate executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association, a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides leadership training, professional development, and legal and legislative advocacy to the leaders of every school district in the state of Arizona.

Among her special focuses are equity initiatives and strategic communications. In 2015 developed and led the team put on The Equity Event, a three-day conference for school and community leaders in Arizona and other western states that focused on leadership strategies and promising practices for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps. She is also the director of the association’s Arizona Education News Service, a statewide source for the latest news and information about public education in Arizona.

Tracey joined ASBA in 2007 and previously served as the association’s director of communications, a position she held since 2011.

Prior to joining ASBA, Benson managed and directed marketing and communications for organizations including the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and spent a decade writing and editing for national niche business publications. She holds a holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and political science from the University of Arizona.

An active community member, she volunteers her time and expertise to support education and social issues.

Tracey and her husband, Marc, a sixth-grade teacher, reside Tempe with their two children: Haley, 21, a senior at Arizona State University majoring in social work, and Trevor, 12, an eighth-grader at their neighborhood public school.