About

Executive Team

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PRESIDENT & CEO

Jamie P. Merisotis

Jamie P. Merisotis is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college.

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VICE PRESIDENT, SENIOR ADVISOR TO CEO

Samuel Cargile

Dr. Sam Cargile joined Lumina Foundation in 2001. He oversees strategy officers and the Foundation's grantmaking. He also provides leadership for the Foundation's largest initiative, Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.

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VICE PRESIDENT FOR POLICY AND MOBILIZATION

Danette Howard

Dr. Danette Gerald Howard is Lumina's vice president for policy and mobilization. Dr. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s key strategies including work in both state and federal policy and the Foundation’s growing national convening function. She also leads the Foundation’s efforts to mobilize and engage employers, metropolitan areas, higher education institutions and other key actors with a stake in postsecondary attainment.

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VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS & CFO

J. David Maas

J. David Maas has been a financial executive for more than 25 years, holding key positions in for-profit and non-profit businesses. Before joining Lumina Foundation in 2000, he served as senior vice president and treasurer of USA Group.

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VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Dewayne Matthews

Dr. Dewayne Matthews is vice president of strategy development of Lumina Foundation. Matthews has served in a variety of higher education leadership roles, including Senior Adviser to the President and Vice President of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Director of Programs and Services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.

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CHIEF OF STAFF AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Holiday Hart McKiernan

Holiday Hart McKiernan serves as chief of staff and general counsel for Lumina Foundation. McKiernan directs the Foundation’s legal affairs and also leads Lumina’s exploration of the Bologna Process and the implications of that reform effort on American higher education.

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VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INNOVATION

Kiko Suarez

Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez likes to be described as a global citizen. Currently a permanent resident in the US, he was born in Europe (Spain), and brings a unique blend of global experience in marketing and communications, corporate responsibility, information technology and strategic philanthropy.

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