Mark Huelsman is the Director of Policy & Advocacy at The Hope Center, where he leads efforts to modernize higher education and safety net policies to reflect the experiences of #RealCollege students. He also serves as a Student Loan Justice Fellow with the Student Borrower Protection Center. Most recently, he served as the Associate Director of Policy & Research at Demos, where he led the organization’s policy work on college affordability, student debt, and racial equity in higher education, and contributed to the organization’s work on the racial wealth gap and structural democracy reform. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News, Vox, Bloomberg TV, and C-SPAN, and his writing has been featured in CNN, The Washington Post, Slate, The Nation, The Guardian, The New Republic, Salon, Inside Higher Ed, The Hill, The American Prospect, and U.S. News and World Report. In 2016, he was named to the “Politico 50,” along with The Hope Center’s President and Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab, for his role in sparking a national policy conversation around debt-free college.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mark’s hope: That federal and state policymakers and institutional leaders are bold and unapologetic in centering, addressing, and designing policies around the experiences of the students and families who have been too often marginalized.