A friend and co-founder of IREG Observatory – Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education, will join Lumina Foundation on Oct. 3 as vice president for public policy and executive director of Lumina’s Washington, D.C., office.
Cooper has served in the Biden administration as deputy undersecretary, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, and deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs. Cooper led higher education’s pandemic recovery efforts in these roles 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.
Addressing the IREG 2022 Conference in Warsaw last June, Cooper reminisced on her active involvement in the early stages of IREG Observatory activities.