Who We Are

Our Leaders

Our team includes experts in higher education, philanthropy, research, workforce development, economic development, public policy, and impact investing. We work together to strengthen the link between education and opportunity.


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Michael G. Austin

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Michele Chang

Chief Strategy Officer

Dave Clayton

Senior Vice President, Research

Aristide J. Collins Jr.

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief of Staff

Thomas C. Dawson

President, Strada Collaborative

Justin Draeger

Senior Vice President, Affordability

Chantée Eldridge

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Tom Ertel

Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Jonathan Furr

Senior Vice President and Chief Data Ecosystem Officer

Gabriella Gómez

Executive Vice President, Policy, Advocacy, and Communications

Daryl A. Graham

Senior Vice President, HBCU and Engagement

Leonard Gurin

Senior Vice President, Cash and Investments

Jessica Hinkle

Senior Vice President, Strategic Investments

Terry Holloway

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Laura Love

Senior Vice President, Work-Based Learning

Larry A. Lutz

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Heather McKay

Senior Vice President of Employer Engagement and Executive Director of the Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Christopher William Meyer

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Stephen Moret

President and Chief Executive Officer

Rhonda Powell

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Travis Reindl

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Mark Rigdon

Senior Vice President, State Government Relations

Craig Robinson

Senior Vice President, Quality Coaching

Adam Shopshire

Interim Chief Information Officer

Kathleen Smith

Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Katherine Valle-Palacios

Senior Vice President, Public Policy

Ruth V. Watkins

President, Postsecondary Education

Strada Collaborative Leadership

Earl Buford


Jane Swift

Education at Work

Ruth Bauer White


Mike Marriner

Co-Founder and President
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