Terri Taylor, J.D., is the strategy director for postsecondary finance at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.
Working from Lumina’s office in Washington, D.C., Taylor leads the foundation’s efforts to illuminate and address the many facets of financial need, especially for adult learners and students of color. She does this by taking innovative approaches through work with states, education providers, students, advocates, and other experts. She also works closely with Lumina’s vice president of strategic engagement on student-centered approaches to quality assurance.
Before coming to Lumina, Taylor worked at EducationCounsel, where she spent nearly six years advising organizations, institutions, and foundations on ways to achieve their goals in the nation’s complex K-12 and higher education policy and practice environment. She advised several postsecondary institutions and organizations on race-conscious practices, including deep involvement in U.S. Supreme Court advocacy related to Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. During this time, she worked with Lumina on new federal policy approaches to quality assurance and served as an advisor for Lumina’s racial equity project.
Terri earned a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in American studies and religious studies from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She started her career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English as a second language in Kyrgyzstan.