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Staff Bios

Janet Lavin Rapelye, President

Janet Rapelye became COFHEís third president on November 1, 2018. Before joining COFHE, Rapelye served as Dean of Admission at Princeton University from 2003-2018. During her tenure at Princeton, the applicant pool nearly tripled and she helped to transform the diversity of its undergraduate student body. Princeton tripled the number of admitted students eligible for federal Pell Grants from 7 percent in the Class of 2007 to an estimated 23 percent for those offered admission to the Class of 2022. Prior to her leadership role at Princeton, Rapelye served as Dean of Admission for 12 years at Wellesley College. She joined Wellesley College in 1991 from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she was Associate Director of Admissions. Earlier she worked in the admissions offices at Stanford University and Williams College. She was certified by the Vermont Board of Education and taught high school English in a rural public school in northern Vermont. Rapelye is past chair of the New England Regional Council of the College Board. She has served on the board of trustees of The Principia Corporation, The Common Application and The College Board. She is a member of the Corporation of the Noble and Greenough School where she is also an alumna. She is a graduate of Williams College and holds a masterís degree from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.

Isabel Bourelle, Office Administrator

Isabel Bourelle is Office Administrator for the Consortium's Cambridge location, responsible for office management, dues and budget oversight, and meeting coordination. Prior to joining COFHE in 2006, Isabel was the Program Administrator for the Stanford Archaeology Center. While at Stanford University, she worked in several areas of administration, including the Medical School and Residential Education. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Masters of Education from Stanford University, completing a fellowship in Higher Education Administration in conjunction with the Irvine Foundation. Her thesis was titled "Perceptions of American Indian High School Students in Public High Schools."

Srishti Chandana, Research Analyst

Srishti Chandana is a Research Analyst at COFHE. Prior to joining COFHE, she worked as an analyst at RTI International on a number of federal high school and postsecondary studies, including the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:20) and the High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS). She also previously worked in College Access & Success programming at the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund in Richmond, CA. Srishti received her bachelorís degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sydney Earle, Assistant Director for Administration

Sydney Earle is Assistant Director for Administration at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, where she is COFHE's senior meeting planner, and is responsible for office management, Web site management, and coordination of COFHE's online meeting registrations and several of our online surveys. Prior to joining COFHE in 1989, she helped manage the Business Affairs office at the National Association of College and University Business Officers; in addition, she managed meetings, communications, and direct mail fundraising for several small nonprofit organizations concerned with various social issues. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

Mark Hansen, Director of Data Engineering

Mark Hansen is the Director of Data Engineering, responsible for COFHEís data warehouse design, development and security at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Prior to joining the COFHE staff in 2016, he was responsible for the AAU Data Exchangeís data warehouse. He previously worked at Harvard Universityís Office of Institutional Research, MITís Institutional Research Office, and Residence Life offices at various institutions. Mark received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Boston University and a Master's in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Lizzie Mann, Assistant Director, Research and Data Systems

Lizzie Mann is the Assistant Director, Research and Data Systems, for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Prior to joining COFHE, Lizzie worked as a Research Assistant for Reach Every Reader at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously worked in the Advancement Office at The Fessenden School and taught 4th grade at The Nueva School and 3rd grade at The Chestnut Hill School. Lizzie received her Bachelorís degree in Economics from Wellesley College and her Masterís in Education from the Harvard Graduation School of Education.

Jacky McGoldrick, Senior Technology and Data Analyst

Jacky McGoldrick is the Senior Technology and Data Analyst at COFHE. Prior to joining COFHE, she worked in MIT's Sloan School of Management from 2016 to 2021 as Financial Coordinator for Financial Planning and Operations and, prior to that, at Fleetmatics. She received her BA from McGill University in Canada and her Masters from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Tim Powers, Director of Public Issues

Tim Powers is the Director of Public Issues at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Prior to joining COFHE, Tim was the Senior Director of Higher Education Policy & Advocacy at The College Board, and the Director of Government Relations and Policy Development at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He also served as Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Timothy H. Bishop (NY-1) writing legislation and amendments concerning education. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown Universityís McDonough School of Business.

Pamela Taylor, Director of Research

Pamela Taylor is the Director of Research at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Prior to joining COFHE, Pamela was the Assistant Provost for Institutional Planning and Assessment at Wellesley College. Her previous roles include research and evaluation positions with the North Carolina state legislature, Deloitte & Touche, and the UCLA Graduate Division. Pamela holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA, an M.F.A. in Writing (Poetry) from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a B.A. in Psychology from Johnson C. Smith University, and a certificate in Management and Leadership in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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