Jeanne Contardo, PhD, is a Senior Advisor at Higher Ed Insight. She is an education attainment and workforce development expert who specializes in strategic planning and facilitation, convening cross-sector groups to grow education and workforce partnerships, and high-impact research and policy analysis. Most recently, she led the Capital CoLAB at the Greater Washington Partnership, a business-led alliance focused on building the most diverse digital tech workforce in the region. She has spent over 20 years in a variety of higher education and non-profit settings, collaborating with education leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs to build regional partnerships and programs that grow high-demand career pipelines and drive action around improving student outcomes. She earned her PhD in education policy and leadership studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and holds an MA in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College at Columbia University.