Posted by Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation Welcomes Dr. Debra Humphreys, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Lumina Foundation, to the Board of Directors
Today, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Debra Humphreys, Vice President of Strategic Engagement at the Lumina Foundation, to the Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Humphreys to the Board of Directors at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Her commitment to diversity, education reform, and policy change will continue to build and expand upon the Foundation’s vision for all youth to have access to excellent and equitable public education that prepares them to succeed and thrive in the community.” – Jessica Spohn, Interim President, Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Michael Carey, Interim CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Dr. Humphreys serves on the executive team at the Lumina Foundation, bringing expertise in strategic communications, postsecondary attainment, and equity and quality in higher education.
“The Nellie Mae Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Debra Humphreys, Vice President of Strategic Management at the Lumina Foundation, to the Board. Debra’s expertise in improving higher education access, practice, and policy for underserved students will inform Nellie Mae’s focus on addressing racial equity in K-12 education by connecting and strengthening the pathways needed to enhance learning after high school graduation. Moreover, Debra’s expertise and networks will help the Foundation identify how our work can be used to leverage practice and policy in postsecondary learning spaces in ways that enhance racial equity.” – Dr. Warren Simmons, Board Chair, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Before joining the Lumina Foundation, Dr. Humphreys served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Planning and Public Engagement at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Dr. Humphreys has worked with state systems and policy leaders to bring a greater focus on the quality of student learning to institutional and regulatory processes and practices.
“I am honored to join Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s board. I share their commitment to racial equity and expanding opportunities for all young people to gain the benefits of quality public education. I look forward to doing all I can to support the foundation’s mission and to strengthen its capacity to serve and support its constituents.” – Dr. Humphreys, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Lumina Foundation
Dr. Humphreys received her BA from Williams College and her Ph.D in English from Rutgers University. She has written, taught, and published work on African American women’s literature, immigrant women’s literature, and both women’s and American film history.
Join us in welcoming Dr. Humphreys to Nellie Mae’s Board of Directors!