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Michelle Cooper Will Leave Education Dept. for Lumina

September 13, 2022

Michelle Asha Cooper, deputy under secretary of education, will leave her position to join the Lumina Foundation on Oct. 3 as vice president for public policy and executive director of Lumina’s Washington office.

Cooper will lead the development and execution of state and federal policy initiatives that advance the foundation’s efforts to support students at community colleges and four-year colleges and universities.

In the Biden administration, she contributed to higher education’s pandemic recovery efforts by managing $76 billion in pandemic aid for students and institutions. She supported the Education Department’s efforts to mitigate the financial harm of the pandemic by helping student loan borrowers at the highest risk of falling behind in their payments or loan default through targeted debt relief.

Previously, she served as president and chief executive officer at the Institute for Higher Education Policy for more than 12 years.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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