bio: Scott Nine is the current Executive Director of IDEA. A dynamic public speaker, he enjoys teaching and learning about leadership, social justice, community organizing, educational reform, personal growth, and getting along with one another. He is co-founder of The Village Free School in Portland, Oregon. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and served briefly on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Portland State University. Raised by two public school educators, Scott fell in love with his unschooled wife Hollie while growing up in Apache Junction, Arizona. Scott is a founding board member of the Institute for Democratic Education in America and provides leadership for their national organizing efforts.