Name: Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper
Organization: Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
What Makes This Person a Game Changer: As president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), one of the leading research and education policy centers in the world, Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper managed to raise more than $1 million dollars despite the United States’ economic recession. The funding went toward developing innovative solutions and strategies to address and solve issues affecting potential and current higher education students. Prior to her current role, Dr. Cooper served as the deputy director for the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (Advisory Committee). She has also served as a leader at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College. In addition to her current role at IHEP, Cooper is a member of the board of directors for ACCESS-Boston, the College of Charleston Alumni Board, the National College Access Network, and the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. She is a recognized “thought leader” by a number of publications and she contributes her thoughts regularly to Forbes online education channel. Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, her M.P.S. from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.