Luess joined iCivics in January 2023 as the Chief Product Officer. In this role, Luess leads the product strategy and editorial development for the iCivics portfolio.
Luess excels at navigating complex issues and thrives on solving problems. Prior to iCivics, Luess had a long career in for-profit educational publishing focused on history, civics, and government curricula. Most recently, as the VP, Humanities Product Development at Savvas Learning Company (formerly Pearson K12 Learning) Luess oversaw the K-12 Social Studies and World Languages product lines. She started her career in educational publishing in the early 1990s in the Educational Technology group at Houghton Mifflin. Her first experience in the publishing world was as a children’s trade editor on the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.
Luess holds a M.A. in History from University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in History from Duke University. She is an avid gardener and downhill skier who loves reading mysteries and doing jigsaw puzzles. Luess lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts with her husband, Craig.