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Katherine Wheatle, Ph.D., is a strategy officer for finance and 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. Before joining Lumina, she served as a research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy and as a research associate at the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, and consulted for the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Her past work has included examining how the Higher Education Act interacts with minority-serving institutions and how finance and financial aid policies can affect these institutions.
Wheatle holds a bachelor’s degree in African and African American studies from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in health policy and health service research from Emory University, and a doctorate in higher education from Indiana University.