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STRATEGY DIRECTOR FOR FINANCE AND FEDERAL POLICY

Zakiya Smith

Zakiya Smith is as a strategy director for finance and federal policy at Lumina Foundation, where she leads the work of the Foundation to develop new models of student financial support for higher education. Most recently, Smith served as a senior advisor for education at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she focused on developing the President’s higher education policy. Ms. Smith also served in the Obama administration as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Education where she developed programmatic, policy and budget solutions to respond to pressing challenges in college access, affordability, and completion.

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STRATEGY OFFICER FOR FINANCE AND FEDERAL POLICY

Terri Taylor, J.D.

Terri Taylor works on building Lumina's institutional finance portfolio and uses her experience in nonprofit strategy development in the policy space to build capacity among our federal policy partners. She works closely with our federal policy team on innovative models and collaboratively with Lumina's vice president of strategic engagement on quality assurance issues.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR FINANCE AND FEDERAL POLICY

Jesse O’Connell

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.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Raymond AlQaisi

Raymond supports the Foundation’s efforts to reach Lumina's goal by assisting in the advancement of federal policy to increase attainment and in the development of postsecondary finance models. Prior to joining Lumina, he served the Office of Student Financial Assistance in City University of New York’s Central Administration.

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