Ascension Executive Joins PLTW Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS – Project Lead The Way (PLTW) announced this week that Nick Ragone, Esq. has joined the PLTW Board of Directors. Mr. Ragone is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit health system and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“It is an honor to serve on the board for Project Lead The Way,” Ragone said. “PLTW is transforming how students learn and how teachers teach, and actively working to help create a U.S. workforce that is capable and ready to compete globally.  I’m excited to offer my experience to the Board.”

As Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Ascension, Mr. Ragone leads the marketing and communications strategic approach to support the mission of a highly integrated health system with more than 2,600 sites and 165,000 associates. In 2016, Mr. Ragone led the national rebranding of Ascension’s local health systems and sites of care to adopt the unified Ascension name, the largest such undertaking ever in the provider space.

"We are honored to have Nick Ragone join the PLTW Board of Directors,” said Frank Zaffino, chairman of the board. “His leadership experience and commitment to the future of this country is evident in his work at Ascension. We are thrilled to have him join us and to offer his experience, knowledge and wisdom to the benefit our children.”

In both 2016 and 2017, PRWeek recognized Mr. Ragone as one of the 50 most influential marketers and communicators in healthcare. A former Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Mr. Ragone is the author of four books on American government and leadership and has been a regular contributor to CNN, Fox News Channel and Fox Business on issues of politics and communications, as well as writing for U.S. News & World Report. He is frequently quoted in PRWeek, Advertising Age and The New York Times, among others.

Mr. Ragone is a graduate of Rutgers University, the Eagleton Institute of Political Science, New Jersey, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children.

The PLTW Board of Directors is dedicated to improving student education in the United States, linking it to economic development and the job demands of a high-tech, highly skilled global economy. The business acumen and experience of the board is vital to the direction and success of PLTW. For more information on PLTW’s Board of Directors, visit

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit


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