Jamie Merisotis
President and CEO

Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, human work and talent development, and public policy. He has been Lumina’s president and CEO since 2008. He previously was co-founder and president of the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy and also served as executive director of a bipartisan national commission on college affordability appointed by the U.S. president and congressional leaders. Merisotis is the author of the acclaimed book America Needs Talent, named a Top 10 Business book of 2016 by Booklist, and his second book, Human Work: In the Age of Smart Machines, will be released in October 2020.

He is often requested as a media commentator and contributor. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Journal, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Washington Monthly, Politico, Roll Call, and other publications.

Merisotis has extensive global experience as an advisor and consultant in southern Africa, the former Soviet Union, Europe, and other parts of the world. A respected analyst and innovator, Merisotis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges. Merisotis also is a trustee for a diverse array of organizations around the world. He serves as chairman of the Council on Foundations and is a past chairman of  The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest museum for children. He also is on the board of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and serves as a special adviser to the executive committee of the London-based European Access Network.