Thomas C. Dawson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Thomas C. Dawson serves as USA Funds®’ executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this position, he oversees on a day-to-day basis the shared services that support the organization’s operating companies. He also helps to leverage the synergies that exist across the operating companies, to better serve their missions and meet USA Funds’ broader goals and objectives. 

Dawson has extensive experience in higher education, philanthropy and government. He previously was vice president, product management, for Laureate Education, where he established partnerships with select nonprofit universities to run online and global education programs.

He also has served as a senior policy officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing grants dedicated to helping low-income students complete college. Dawson also worked in several capacities — including deputy assistant secretary for postsecondary education — for the U.S. Department of Education.

Dawson received a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College.