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SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

Danette Howard, Ph.D.

Danette Gerald Howard, Ph.D. is senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing student access and success in postsecondary education. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s key strategies to increase Americans’ attainment of high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials.

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STRATEGY DIRECTOR

Amber Garrison Duncan, Ph.D.

Amber Garrison Duncan is a strategy director at Lumina Foundation where she leads a portfolio of work that supports the creation of a system where high-quality learning can be validated and valued regardless of where it happens, and efficiently contribute to credentials. Lumina’s work in this area includes competency-based education, learning frameworks, assessment, credential recognition and learner records, as well as quality assurance.

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STRATEGY OFFICER

Nicole L. McDonald, Ph.D.

Nicole McDonald, Ph.D. works as a strategy officer at Lumina Foundation and is responsible for developing strategic approaches to increase the educational attainment of college students. Her portfolio includes initiatives to help institutions plan and implement policies, partnerships, and practices increase student success, and the creation of a national multi-sector network of organizations and individuals through a digital platform to exchange and collaborate on strategies to increase attainment.

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STRATEGY OFFICER FOR MILITARY AND WORK-RELATED LEARNING

Lauren Runco

Lauren Runco is Lumina's strategy officer for military and work-related learning. She joins us from the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University where she served as the director of education and employment. Lauren spent the last 10 years working on issues related to the nation’s military workforce and their transitions to the civilian education and work, by working with employers, workforce agencies, and higher education institutions.

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Terri Steward

Terri L. Steward is an executive assistant for Lumina Foundation where she brings over 30 years of administrative support experience. Terri currently supports the senior vice president and chief strategy officer as well as strategy directors and officers.

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