Terri Taylor, J.D.

Terri Taylor is the strategy director for postsecondary finance, based in Lumina’s Washington, D.C., office. Under her leadership, Lumina’s postsecondary finance work aims to illuminate and address the many facets of financial need, especially for adult learners and students of color, through innovative approaches through work with states, postsecondary 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.

Terri came to Lumina from EducationCounsel where she spent nearly six years advising organizations, institutions, and foundation on ways to achieve their goals in the complex American 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 B.A., with distinction, in American studies and religious studies from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She started her career in education as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English as a second language in Kyrgyzstan.