Alison Griffin

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Senior Vice President

Alison Griffin’s experience on the implementation side of higher education and workforce development, and as a grantmaker, is reflected in her practical understanding of how policy shapes outcomes. Her career in postsecondary education policy includes two terms as a policy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as a role with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), where she guided state policy development. Alison comes to Whiteboard Advisors from Strada Education Network, where she served in a senior leadership role focused on external affairs, government relations, and national engagement activities.

Bringing a deep sense of mission to her work on behalf of Whiteboard Advisors, she believes the solutions to our most pressing education challenges, from affordability to access, require thoughtful collaboration among a growing community of policymakers, impact investors, entrepreneurs, practitioners, and philanthropists. Alison is a frequent commentator in the media on issues at the intersection of higher education and employment and is a Forbes contributor.

She was appointed by Governor Jared Polis (D-CO) to the Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustees and serves as the vice chair of the board for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Alison holds a masters degree in education from the University of Georgia and graduated from Southern Methodist University with undergraduate degrees in business policy and psychology.