Kari McCarron

Kari McCarron an expert in higher education policy, brings first-hand experience within the federal science enterprise, as a government relations representative for a major research university and as a senior higher education advocate.  She focuses on funding for and advocacy of federal student aid, education regulations and policy, international education, defense, and energy sciences issues.

Ms. McCarron works closely with clients to advance their priorities on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. She monitors and analyses research opportunities at the Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense.

Through her prior work on behalf of the education advocacy world, Ms. McCarron has effectively developed strategies with a legislative impact.   In her position as Director, Congressional and Governmental Affairs with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), she has led APLU’s efforts around education policy related to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and student financial aid regulations. In her position as Senior Legislative Assistant within the Office of the President at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she represented the MIT Washington Office at and actively participated in associations, coalitions and working groups related to higher education, scientific research, innovation and student financial aid.  Prior positions with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics allow her an insider’s view to federal agency decision-making. 

Ms. McCarron received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a master of science in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.