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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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STRATEGY DIRECTOR

Kevin Corcoran

Kevin Corcoran leads Lumina Foundation's strategic communications team. Prior to assuming this role in late 2016, he spent eight years directing design and policy work that promoted development of new higher education business and finance models aimed at helping the United States achieve a goal of 60 percent of working-age Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates, or other postsecondary credentials by 2025. His areas of expertise include competency-based education and outcomes-based funding. He also manages a portfolio of grants related to Lumina's work with nonprofit and public media partners. Corcoran serves on the board of The Communications Network, the leading organization nationally helping foundations and nonprofits improve lives through smart communications.

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DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

Lucia Anderson Weathers

Lucia Anderson Weathers is the director of media relations for Lumina Foundation. Lucia joined the foundation in May 2010 and deals with all aspects of national and local media on behalf of the foundation. She co-manages the foundation’s strategic media partners portfolio, including: Hechinger Institute, Education Writer’s Association, American Public Media and The Washington Monthly.

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SENIOR EDITOR AND WRITER

David S. Powell

Dave Powell plans, supervises, edits and produces all of Lumina Foundation's publications, collateral and other printed material; he assists in creating content for Lumina's electronic publications, and serves as the main speechwriter for the Foundation's president and CEO. In addition, he works jointly with all members of the Communications staff, and with numerous outside contractors, to plan and implement Lumina’s strategic communications efforts.

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DIGITAL AUDIENCE GROWTH EDITOR

John C. Strauss

John has built a long career in journalism and digital media, including 10 years as an AP manager in Indianapolis, Nashville, and New York City. He is a former public media producer with award-winning shows on Indiana Public Radio and public television. His previous work includes public policy reporting and digital media for the Indianapolis Star, anchoring local news at an NBC affiliate, and instructing in web and multimedia. Most recently he taught journalism at Ball State University. John holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in telecommunications-digital storytelling from Ball State.

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DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER AND EDITOR

Matthew Jenkins

Matthew creates online content highlighting the work of the Foundation and its partners with a focus on illustrating the reality facing today's students and clarifying policy imperatives for a broad general audience with the goal of promoting a national sense of urgency for increasing postsecondary attainment.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Barbara Rodriguez

With 14 years in the non-profit sector, Barbara provides highly-specialized mentoring, training, and guidance personalized to her colleagues needs to help lead them on paths to success. Before coming to Lumina, Barbara worked for 10 years in human resources at The Republic newspaper in Columbus, Ind. She graduated Phi Theta Kappa with a degree in business management from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

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