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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, Elizabeth 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). She worked on consumer protection and higher education issues as part of the team that conducted an in-depth investigation into the practices of the for-profit higher education sector. Elizabeth served as research director on Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign and then as the research director for Biden’s vice presidential nomination on the staff of Obama for America, where she was responsible for promoting and defending Vice President Biden’s public record. She has held research and policy analysis positions for various progressive organizations and campaigns, including the Progressive Accountability Project; Walmart Watch—a project of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU; former Gov. Howard Dean’s (D-VT) 2004 presidential campaign; and the Democratic National Committee. Elizabeth started her career working for the Clinton administration, first as an intern for the Domestic Policy Council and then as associate director of the White House Office of Communications Research.

Elizabeth 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.