Insights & Outlooks

Fresh Perspectives on Higher Learning

Meet the Contributors

Insights & Outlooks features leaders with thoughtful insights into the issues that today’s students are facing and upturning the conventional wisdom on connecting students to higher learning opportunity. Our contributors come from both within and outside of Washington, D.C. and include students, advocates, analysts, policymakers as well as institutional and business leaders.

  • Melanie D’Evelyn

    Director, Detroit Drives Degrees
    Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Dr. Barbara Damron

    Cabinet Secretary
    New Mexico Department of Higher Education
  • Vinice Davis

    Venture Partner
    Imaginable Futures
  • Leanne Davis

    Assistant Director of Applied Research
    Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • Caroline Dean

    Elon University
  • Mary Ann DeMario

    Specialist, Institutional Research
    Monroe Community College
  • Brooke DeRenzis

    Chief Strategy Officer
    National Skills Coalition
  • Jordan DiMaggio

    Director of Policy and Digital Strategy
  • Paul Dosal

    Vice President for Student Success
    University of South Florida
  • Amber Garrison Duncan

    Strategy Director
    Lumina Foundation
  • Jill Dunlap

    Senior Director of Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement
  • Michael Sorrell, Ed.D.

    Paul Quinn College
  • Zakiya Smith Ellis

    Secretary of Higher Education
    State of New Jersey
  • John Englehart

    University of Maryland University College
  • Jorden Favors

    Pomona College
  • Jonathan Finkelstein

    Founder and CEO
  • Brian Fitzgerald

    Chief Executive Officer
    Business-Higher Education Forum
  • Antonio Flores

    President and CEO
    Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Benjamin Forrest

    Frostburg State University
  • Denise Forte

    Senior Vice President for Partnerships and Engagement
    Education Trust
  • Eric Fotheringham

    Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives
    UNC System Office
  • Don Fraser

    Director of Micro-credentialing
    Education Design Lab
  • Rosa Garcia

    Director of Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development
    Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Joe Garcia

    Colorado Community College System
  • Jennifer Gernert

    Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Amy Glynn

    Vice President of Financial Aid & Community Initiatives
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab

    Hope Center for College Community and Justice
  • Rusty Greiff

    Chief Strategy and Growth Officer
    Jobs for the Future
  • Ashley Harrington

    Federal Advocacy Director
    Center for Responsible Lending
  • David Helene


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