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Nevada Department of Education Director Amber Reid Honored with State Leadership Award

March 20, 2024

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is pleased to recognize Amber Reid, director of the Office of District Support Services in the Student Investment Division, as the recipient of national recognition and award.

Reid accepted the State Leadership Award from the National Association for Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA) on Tuesday during the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

She has led comprehensive systemwide changes to realign and standardize processes for NDE’s Grants Management Unit through a collaborative approach.

“Amber’s dedication and passion in education truly shines through in everything she does and she is absolutely deserving of this prestigious award,” said Jhone Ebert, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “She has worked tirelessly with our school district and charter school grant and fiscal staff to significantly improve our grant management processes.”

The State Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding educational leader who has made significant contributions to the administration of federal education programs in their state.

Reid hosts monthly office hours and technical assistance opportunities for the Department’s nearly 200 subrecipient organizations, which she credits with playing a significant role in ongoing improvements that support more efficient and effective management of public grant dollars.

Reid has published resources and technical guidance materials for use by NDE’s subrecipient partners. She also provides individual supports when a subrecipient organization needs extra help.

“I am extremely proud of Amber's achievements in the last year,” said Megan Peterson, Deputy Superintendent for the Student Investment Division. “Her work has increased transparency and understanding across the board, which ensures the billions of dollars in state and federal grants funds are having the greatest impact where it's needed the most.”

Reid was nominated for the award by NAFEPA state members because of the many system improvements that have been implemented since she became director of NDE’s Office of District Support Services two years ago.

“I am especially honored to have been selected for this award by many of the Department’s subrecipient partners, including the hard-working grants and fiscal staff from school districts and charter schools that I am blessed to have the opportunity to partner and collaborate with each and every day,” Amber Reid said. “The chance to serve alongside so many dedicated individuals throughout the state has reinforced my belief in ongoing dialogue and continuous improvement, with the goal of ensuring that every student has access to the resources they need in order to be academically successful.”

Reid is a doctoral degree candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Political Science. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in social work from the university. Before joining NDE, Reid was a social worker in the Washoe County School District.

Visit the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators website to learn more about the program.

About the Nevada Department of Education

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) leads and collaborates with Nevada’s 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority to advance educational equity Statewide. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, NV, NDE oversees all public pre-K-12 education in the State, working to achieve its mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning, and promoting excellence. Under the leadership of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, NDE impacts the achievement of nearly half a million children and 30,000 educators. Learn more at and join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Julie Wootton-Greener

Public Information Officer