Press Release: LEDA Policy Project


LEDA at Lumina Foundation's Embracing Constituent Voices ConveningLEDA Scholar Charlie Scott (second from left) and Lumina Foundation deputy director, Terri Taylor (center) with LEDA staff at Lumina Foundation’s Embracing Constituent Voices Convening

LEDA launches the LEDA Policy Project with Lumina Foundation’s support

New York, NY – Thanks to a transformative investment from Lumina Foundation, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) has launched the LEDA Policy Project, which seeks to train and position young leaders from underrepresented backgrounds to lend their voices to federal policy discussions pertaining to postsecondary education. The LEDA Policy Project builds on LEDA’s mission of empowering those from underrepresented backgrounds and ensuring that diverse voices are at the table where decisions are made.

LEDA seeks to support Lumina Foundation’s goal to create a postsecondary system where the top priorities are completion of high-quality credentials, affordability, and closing equity gaps. LEDA will train a core group of LEDA Scholars to become well-versed on the federal policy process and equipped to discuss the impact of federal education policies on their personal journeys to, and through higher education.

Beginning with a Lumina Foundation convening (pictured at right) focused on federal postsecondary education policy, LEDA has begun recruiting LEDA Scholars who will participate in the LEDA Policy Project. “LEDA Scholars are already leaders in their communities and on their campuses. Their talent, leadership, and perspective position them to inform the creation of effective federal education policies that can serve all students. Thanks to support from Lumina Foundation, their voices will now be heard on crucial issues that impact so many of our nation’s young people,” said Beth Breger, executive director of LEDA.

“Students can focus policy debates on the issues that matter most by bringing questions of quality, equity, outcomes, and affordability to life,” said Terri Taylor, deputy director at Lumina Foundation. “As today’s college students and tomorrow’s leaders, LEDA Scholars are among the most compelling young people I’ve met. We are so pleased to support LEDA’s expanded work in federal policy.”

LEDA Scholars’ voices are critical to the formulation of effective federal education policies. The LEDA Policy Project advances both LEDA’s mission and its strategic priorities to prepare the next generation of diverse leaders.

For media inquiries, please contact Cristina Morais at or (212) 672-9715.

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