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Jamie P. Merisotis      

President & CEO, Lumina Foundation

Jamie P. Merisotis is President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college. Under his leadership, Lumina employs a strategic, outcomes-based approach in pursuing its mission of expanding college access and success, particularly among low-income, minority, and other historically underrepresented populations.

Before joining Lumina in 2008, Merisotis founded and served 15 years as president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy. He previously served as executive director of the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Postsecondary Education, a bipartisan commission appointed by the US president and congressional leaders. Merisotis also helped create the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps) and serves on numerous national and international boards of directors, including Bates College in Maine, Anatolia College in Greece, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Merisotis is the author of America Needs Talent, which was named a Top 10 business book of 2016 by Booklist. He is a frequent media commentator and contributor and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Washington Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, and other publications.

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