Holly Zanville, Ph.D.

Holly Zanville is senior advisor for credentialing and workforce development where she focuses on high-profile, large-scale projects with direct impact on the strategic operations and processes of the Foundation. Her portfolio includes the cultivation of networks and partnerships essential to the emerging new landscape of credentialing; and the development and expansion of collective action initiatives that increase awareness of and solutions related to credentialing, workforce-education alignment, and quality assurance especially with regard to new credentials and learning pathways. She speaks and writes on the meaning and value of credentials and how they can play a role in charting a path forward to increase access to and success in obtaining high-quality credentials.

Zanville’s work experience spans the educational pipeline with service in K-12, community colleges, universities, higher education governance systems and regional compacts, and philanthropy. She has led Lumina’s development of the national Connecting Credentials initiative, credential completion for returning adults with prior college/no credential, and statewide approaches to reverse-transfer degrees through the Credit When It’s Due initiative. Prior to joining Lumina, she served as senior administrator/chief academic officer, Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board; coordinator, Oregon Joint Boards K-20 Redesign Initiative; associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, Oregon University System; and director, economic development and Regional Internship Programs, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Zanville received a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota; a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s in English and biology from Lindenwood University.