Holly Zanville
Strategy Director

Holly Zanville

Holly Zanville, Ph.D., is strategy director for learning and work at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. She focuses on a newly emerging work-and-learn ecosystem, including the networks and partnerships, collective action initiatives, and research that increases awareness of and solutions related to workforce-education alignment, credentialing and quality assurance.

Zanville has long been involved in Lumina’s work related to adult students and non-degree, workforce-relevant credentials. She led Lumina’s development of several national initiatives in those areas, including Connecting Credentials, Credential Engine, and Credit When It’s Due. She also supervised research on how industry certifications are being embedded in college programs. Zanville often speaks and writes about the meaning and value of credentials beyond high school.

Before joining Lumina in 2006, she served as senior administrator and chief academic officer for the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs in the Oregon University System, state coordinator for Oregon Joint Boards K-20 Redesign Initiative, and director of economic development and regional internship programs for Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

She also has held academic appointments in teaching, assessment of prior learning, and grants management at colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, and Texas.

Zanville received a bachelor’s degree in biology and English from Lindenwood University, a master’s in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a doctorate in education administration from the University of Minnesota.

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