Ronald D. Herndon
Chairman of the Board, National Head Start Association
Ron Herndon has served as chairman of the National Head Start Association since July 1993. As chairman, he serves as an ambassador representing the needs of the Head Start community to members of Congress, the administration, and the general public. He also provides guidance and leadership to the 49-member board that sets policy and determines direction for the association.
Under his leadership, NHSA has progressed immensely. Major accomplishments include: major legislative gains; improvements in technology for Head Start children, parents, and staff; creation of the NHSA Academy; establishment of important business partnerships; and maintenance of a sound financial base.
Since 1975, Ron Herndon has been director of the Albina Head Start program in Portland, Oregon. Under his direction, the program is the recipient of numerous federal grants in support of local Head Start projects. These grants have been used for major building projects and the development of programming for Head Start parents and staff in Portland and surrounding communities. The program Mr. Herndon oversees provides comprehensive full-day service to more than 1,000 Head Start children from the areas surrounding Portland.