A wife and mother of three, Lil Tuttle became an education policy activist in the early 1990s and founded Academics First, a local grass-roots organization dedicated to raising academic rigor of local public schools.
Lil served on the Governor’s Champion Schools Commission in 1994. In 1995, she was appointed by Gov. George Allen to the state Board of Education, where she served as its vice president for two years. During her term, Virginia adopted the Standards of Learning (SOL) in the four core academic disciplines (1995), developed statewide SOL testing (1996), developed and adopted new student diploma requirements and school accreditation requirements (1997), and created a School Report Card, a tool to inform the public about each school’s academic test results (1998).
Following her State Board service, Lil worked as a policy analyst for The Family Foundation before joining the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.