Jesse O’Connell
Strategy Director

Jesse O’Connell

Jesse O’Connell is the strategy director for federal policy at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.

Based in the Washington, D.C. office, O’Connell leads the development and advancement of the foundation’s federal policy priorities, with the objectives of increasing the share of adults nationally with college degrees, certificates, or other credentials of value.

Before joining Lumina, O’Connell served as the assistant director for federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He began his career as a financial aid administrator at Georgetown University.

O’Connell has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown, where he was an All-American track and field athlete.