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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Stephen Moret

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ruth V. Watkins

President, Postsecondary Education

Thomas C. Dawson

President, Strada Collaborative

Michael G. Austin

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Aristide J. Collins Jr.

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

Gabriella Gómez

Executive Vice President, Policy, Advocacy, and Communications

Larry A. Lutz

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Rhonda Powell

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Adam Shopshire

Interim Chief Information Officer

Michele Chang

Chief Strategy Officer

Dave Clayton

Senior Vice President, Research

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

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

Courtney H. McBeth

Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Christopher William Meyer

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Travis Reindl

Chief Communications Officer

Mark Rigdon

Senior Vice President of State Government Relations

Katherine Valle-Palacios

Senior Vice President of Public Policy

Kathleen Smith

Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Strada Collaborative Leadership

Earl Buford


Jane Swift

Education at Work

Ruth Bauer White


Mike Marriner

Co-Founder and President
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