Maria Harper-Marinick
Senior Fellow

Higher Ed

  • Workforce development
  • Financial aid
  • Community colleges
  • Achievement gap
  • Hispanic students
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Finance and funding
  • Enrollment
  • State policy

Maria Harper-Marinick is a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. Previously, Harper-Marinick served in the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona for almost 30 years in a variety of leadership roles, including nearly four years as chancellor. Over the course of her tenure, she has served on the boards of the American Council of Education, American Association of Community Colleges, Excelencia in Education, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and many other organizations. She has also chaired the Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance and is currently an Aspen Institute Ascend fellow as well as a distinguished fellow of the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Harper-Marinick is originally from the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees in educational technology from ASU.