Jamie Merisotis
President and CEO

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • College access and admission
  • College completion
  • Community colleges
  • Finance and funding
  • Higher education reform
  • Readiness

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. Under his leadership, Lumina has embraced an ambitious and specific goal: to ensure that by 2025, 60 percent of Americans hold high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials. Merisotis is author of the forthcoming book, “America Needs Talent,” which will be published in September 2015 by RosettaBooks. Merisotis previously served as co-founder and president of the nonpartisan Institute for Higher Education Policy. He is well-versed in domestic and international issues. A highly regarded analyst and innovator, Merisotis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the leadership council of The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project on national service. Merisotis also helped create the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), serving as an adviser to senior management on issues related to the quality and effectiveness of national service initiatives.