Wayne Taliaferro
Strategy Officer

Wayne Taliaferro

Wayne Taliaferro is a strategy officer in the Washington, D.C., offices of Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. In that role, he works to support the creation of a system in which student success and credential attainment are scaled up significantly, particularly in community colleges.

Prior to joining Lumina, Taliaferro worked as a senior policy analyst in the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy. His work at CLASP focused on federal and state policies to support adult and nontraditional student access, affordability, and success. He also led a body of work on postsecondary and employment pathways for people involved in the criminal justice system.

Prior to working at CLASP, he worked as a research analyst at the University of Maryland College Park’s Office of Institutional Research, and as a coordinator and analyst at DC Public Schools. He also served as a research consultant for Collegiate Directions, Inc.

Wayne holds an bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College and a master’s in urban education policy from Brown University.