Alison R. Griffin has more than 15 years of experience in higher education policy. As senior vice president, External and Government Relations, she manages external affairs and thought leadership events for Strada Education Network℠ and its companies.
She coordinates government relations activities at the national level and builds and maintains key relationships with higher education stakeholders. Griffin also is project manager for the Education Consumer Pulse™ by Gallup and Strada Education Network.
Griffin’s work at Strada Education advances proposals and ideas that support Completion With a Purpose®, enhancing student success in college — or other postsecondary programs — and connecting graduates to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.
She joined Strada Education, then known as USA Funds®, as vice president, Policy Research, in January 2014. Previously, Griffin was the founder and principal of Miles Above Strategies, a Denver-based higher education policy and government relations practice.
She has served as the higher education policy adviser to the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce; guided state policy development for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; and supported higher education clients as senior associate with HCM Strategists, a Washington, D.C., public policy and advocacy consulting firm.
Griffin serves on several national and local nonprofit boards, including those for Southern Methodist University Simmons School of Education and Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School. Griffin is the co-founder of Radio Higher Ed, a podcast series focused on higher education policy.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in organizational behavior and business policy from SMU. Griffin has a master’s degree in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.