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Elizabeth Baylor

Director, Postsecondary Education

Expertise: Higher education

Elizabeth Baylor is the Director of Postsecondary Education at American Progress. Her work focuses on improving affordability and quality within the U.S. higher-education system and ensuring that all Americans have access to a college education.

Prior to joining American Progress, Baylor served as senior investigator on the staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, or HELP, Committee under the leadership of Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA). In this role, she worked to implement the committee’s consumer protection and higher education policy agenda, which included a high-profile investigation of the for-profit higher education sector. She also co-authored the investigation’s final report, “For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success.”

Baylor previously worked on Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign and on the staff of Obama for America. She has held research and policy analysis positions for various progressive organizations and campaigns, including the 2004 presidential campaign of former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) and the Democratic National Committee. Baylor started her career working for the Clinton administration in the White House Office of Communications.

Baylor has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the impact of federal financial aid programs on minority student enrollment in higher education. Her work has been featured and she has been cited by major media outlets including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and National Public Radio.

Baylor grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.