Mary Jane Cobb has devoted her career to advocating for others. As the director of cooperative education at Douglas MacArthur State Technical College she worked with students to find appropriate work-study placements to help launch their careers. She also taught job search skills and was active in the Alabama College and Co-op and Placement Association.
For over 20 years Mary Jane has been working for educators as an association staff member. She worked as a UniServ director with the Alabama Education Association in both rural and urban school settings. She advocated for teachers and education support professionals in the public pre-K- 12 schools, community and technical college faculty, and university support staff. Mary Jane joined the staff of the National Education Association where she worked as an organization specialist in the government relations arena.
Mary Jane assumed the role of executive director of the ISEA in 2008.
She holds a masterâs degree in public administration with course work in education and human resources from Auburn University at Montgomery, in Alabama. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in government was awarded by Campbell University in North Carolina. She earned a certificate in Organization Development from the National Training Laboratories Institute, a leader in the fields of innovation in organization and leadership development, interpersonal skills and human development, group dynamics, and diversity and inclusion. The Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission of the American Society of Association Executives conferred the CAE credentials on Mary Jane in 2013. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.