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PRESIDENT AND CEO

Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.

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EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Holiday Hart McKiernan

Holiday Hart McKiernan serves as executive vice president, chief operating officer and general counsel for Lumina Foundation. McKiernan directs the Foundation’s legal affairs and also leads Lumina’s exploration of the Bologna Process and the implications of that reform effort on American higher education.

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SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

Danette Howard, Ph.D.

Danette Gerald Howard, Ph.D. is Lumina's senior vice president and chief strategy officer. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s key strategies including work in both state and federal policy and the Foundation’s growing national convening function. She also leads the Foundation’s efforts to mobilize and engage employers, metropolitan areas, higher education institutions and other key actors with a stake in postsecondary attainment.

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VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT

Debra Humphreys, Ph.D.

Debra Humphreys, Ph.D. leads the Foundation's stakeholder engagement and strategic communications work while also providing direction for Lumina's thought leadership efforts as well as the substantive work on postsecondary education quality.

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VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC IMPACT

Courtney Brown, Ph.D.

Courtney Brown, Ph.D, is the vice president of strategic impact at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused specifically on increasing Americans’ postsecondary success. In this role she oversees the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of strategic planning, impact, and learning. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement efforts. Brown works to ensure Lumina uses data and research to inform and continuously apply lessons to work across the Foundation and stays focused on the impact of its work on Goal 2025.

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VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Brad Kelsheimer

Brad Kelsheimer is Lumina Foundation’s vice president for finance and investments and chief financial officer. Brad joins us from DePauw University, where he has served as senior vice president for finance and administration.

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