Peter Birdsall is CEO and legislative advocate at Education Advocates. Birdsall was formerly executive director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, which consists of all the county superintendents in the state. Birdsall has over 40 years of experience in state level education policy issues. Among other roles, he served as lead consultant to the Education Coalition. He also represented various county offices of education, school districts, and professional organizations. Birdsall’s experience also includes service as chief of the California Department of Education’s Legislative Office, chief of staff of the department’s education program branch, and K–12 education budget analyst with the California Department of Finance. He received his MA in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.