DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR FINANCE AND FEDERAL POLICY
Jesse O’Connell is a deputy director based out of Lumina Foundation's Washington, D.C. office. In this capacity he helps lead work to develop and support models of postsecondary finance as well as advance federal policy to increase the attainment of high-quality credentials.
Prior to joining Lumina, Jesse served as the assistant director for federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Jesse began his career as a financial aid administrator at Georgetown University. He holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Georgetown, and was an All-American as a member of the track and field team.
In addition to his professional work, Jesse is involved in his community of Alexandria, VA where he lives with his wife and two children.