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STRATEGY DIRECTOR

Jesse O’Connell

Jesse O’Connell is the strategy director for federal policy at Lumina Foundation, based out of their Washington, D.C. office. He leads the development and advancement of the foundation’s federal policy priorities, with the goal of increasing the attainment of high-quality credentials and promoting affordable pathways through postsecondary education.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR POSTSECONDARY FINANCE

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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STRATEGY OFFICER FOR FINANCE AND FEDERAL POLICY

Wayne Taliaferro

Wayne Taliaferro is Lumina's strategy officer for finance and federal policy.  He previously worked for the Center of Law and Social Policy's (CLASP) Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, where he was a senior policy analyst.

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STRATEGY ASSOCIATE FOR FINANCE AND FEDERAL POLICY

Katherine Wheatle, Ph.D.

Katherine Wheatle is Lumina's strategy associate for finance and federal policy.  Wheatle previously served as a research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and as a research associate at the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University.

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