Danette Gerald Howard, Ph.D., is senior vice president of public policy and chief equity officer at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private philanthropy focused solely on increasing student access and success in education beyond high school. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s strategies nationally to increase attainment of college degrees, certificates and other credentials of value, including state and federal policy outreach. She also leads the foundation’s efforts to mobilize and engage businesses, metro areas, colleges and universities and other actors with a stake in post-high school education and training.
Who We Are
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.