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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, J.D.

Holiday Hart McKiernan is executive vice president, chief operating officer and general counsel for Lumina Foundation. She oversees operations, legal affairs, and board governance. Part of her work has included exploring the Bologna Process and the implications that reform effort might have for American higher education.

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CORPORATE COUNSEL

Thomas Major Jr., J.D.

Thomas Major, Jr. serves as Lumina's corporate counsel. He provides legal support to all of Lumina's strategic, financial and administrative operations, including matters involving state and federal policy, grant and contract review, risk management and intellectual property. Thomas’ program work focuses on supporting efforts that engage higher education systems and institutions to increase completion rates and close attainment gaps of underrepresented and low-income students.

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND BOARD RELATIONS OFFICER

Lori B. Drzal

Lori B. Drzal is the executive assistant and board relations officer in the office of the president at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college. She provides administrative support to the President and CEO, chief of staff and the board of directors in operating the Foundation’s $1.3 billion endowment.

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Sharon Shickel

Sharon Shickel provides organizational and administrative support to Lumina's executive vice president, chief operating officer, and general counsel in the office of the president. With professional experience in legal, risk and process management, Sharon works closely with the operations team, including legal, grants management, human resources, and IT.

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