Indianapolis—Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education, was one of several leaders honored on stage today by President Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) fifth annual meeting in New York City.
Lumina Foundation was selected for its commitment to “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count” from a large pool of CGI commitments as an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge. During his comments, Clinton reinforced Lumina’s focus on dramatically increasing degree attainment. The CGI meeting, a nonpartisan event that runs through Thursday, will address global challenges including education, energy and climate change, global health and economic empowerment.
Merisotis will also be a panelist during Thursday’s Human Capital session entitled, “Developing the 21st Century Workforce,” from 2:30—4:30 p.m (ET). Other panelists for this session include Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent, PBS, Luis Alberto Moreno, president, Inter-American Development Bank, James Mwangi, managing director and CEO, Equity Bank Limited, and Soraya Solti, founder, INJAZ Jordan.
Attendees at the three-day summit include more than 60 current and former heads of state, government officials from across the globe, CEOs from national and international corporations, and nonprofit leaders. According to the Clinton Global Initiative Web site, since 2005, CGI members have made more than 1,400 commitments to take action valued at $46 billion to improve more than 200 million lives in more than 150 countries.
About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation for Education is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college — especially low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Our goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change.
For more information, contact Dianna L. Boyce, Communication Associate, Lumina Foundation for Education, at 317.951.5116.