About Us

Michael Itzkowitz, Founder and President

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With 10 years of experience in federal education policy, Michael Itzkowitz has served in senior roles inside and outside of government. His work and expertise has been cited by national news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, US News, and NBC. 


His experience includes serving as a Senior Fellow for the think tank Third Way, where he's worked with Capitol Hill, the Administration, and other postsecondary-focused organizations to develop and implement policies to help ensure that more low- and moderate-income students are earning degrees from quality higher education programs. Prior to this role, Michael worked as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education for six years, assuming a number of roles in K-12 and higher education. Most notably, he was the Director of the Administration's College Scorecard, an initiative focused on higher education transparency and accountability. The Scorecard, announced by the President in September 2015, is the largest release of higher education data ever by the Federal government. 


Prior to this position, Michael served as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Postsecondary Education, where he helped oversee the policy and administrative functions of the office, which includes over 180 employees across three divisions that disburse approximately $2.5 billion in grants and establish policy for nearly $120 billion in Federal student aid every year. There, he led the office’s Organizational Performance team and directed policy initiatives on accreditation, minority serving institutions, financial aid award letters, and data transparency.