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Jamie Merisotis

Lumina Foundation
President & CEO

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and public policy.  Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.   His work includes extensive global experience as an adviser and consultant in southern Africa, the former Soviet Union, Europe and other parts of the world.  He previously served as CEO of the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, DC, and as executive director of a national commission on college affordability appointed by the U.S. President and Congressional leaders.  


Merisotis is the author of the widely-acclaimed book America Needs Talent, named a Top 10 Business Book of 2016 by Booklist. A frequent media commentator and contributor, his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Politico, and other publications.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as a trustee for diverse array of organizations around the world including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which he chairs, Bates College in Maine, the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC, and Anatolia College in Greece.