NTNM | Project Evaluators

The Non-traditional No More project evaluators are working with WICHE to improve the outcomes of the work targeted at ready adults. Please feel free to contact them with any feedback related to the project.

BRENDA NORMAN ALBRIGHT is a consultant who uses information in support of planning, strategic decision-making, funding formulas and policies, and performance in higher education. In the past few years, Albright has consulted in more than twenty-five states and with several national organizations and has also served in several senior administrative positions in higher education. Most recently, as the Executive Director of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), she provided leadership in developing new initiatives in the areas of state and institutional indicators, “student success”, and other activities designed to improve decision-making at the national, state, and institution levels. She can be reached at bnalbright@aol.com or 615.790.2739.

KRISTIN D. CONKLIN is a founding partner of HCM Strategists, LLC. Conklin brings a strong record of framing, advocating, and supporting state and federal policies for college readiness and success. Between June 2006 and December 2007, Conklin was a Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where she helped develop the President's FY08 budget, which included the largest increase in Pell Grants since the GI Bill. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Conklin had ten years of experience working with States and representing State policy and State policymakers in Washington, DC, including serving as program director in the Education Division at the National Governors Association and Director of the Washington, D.C. office for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Conklin has a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her family currently resides in McLean, VA. She can be reached at kristin_conklin@hcmstrategists.com or 202-547-2222.

IRIS OLIVER served in four offices of the U.S. Department of Education, and possesses a unique perspective on education issues from a legislative, program, and policy level. Most recently she served as a senior policy analyst to the Undersecretary of Education where she helped coordinate outreach for the American Competitiveness and National SMART grant programs. Before joining the Office of the Undersecretary, Oliver worked on tracking and analyzing NCLB and the COMPETES act for the policy office. While she worked in the Office of Postsecondary Education, she promoted the National Security Language Initiative by coordinating interagency efforts, working with community stakeholders, and advocating on the Hill. Oliver is currently working on her master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University and has her bachelor’s degree in political science from Goucher College in Baltimore. She is originally from Minnesota. Iris can be reached at iris_oliver@hcmstrategists.com or 202.547.2222.