Alison R. Griffin
Senior Vice President, External and Government Relations
Alison R. Griffin has more than 15 years of experience in higher education policy. As USA Funds®’ senior vice president, external and government relations, she manages thought-leadership activities and opportunities for USA Funds. She coordinates government relations activities at the national level and builds and maintains key relationships with higher education stakeholders.
Griffin’s work at USA Funds advances proposals and ideas that support Completion With a PurposeSM: building a more purposeful path for students to and through college and on to rewarding careers and successful lives.
She joined 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 nonprofit boards, including the advisory board for the Southern Methodist University Simmons School of Education and the executive board of Delta Delta Delta women’s fraternity. She also is on the boards of local organizations that link education and employment, such as the Erie Economic Development Council in Colorado. 
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.