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Dr. William J. Goggin is the Advisory Committee's Executive Director. Prior to this, Dr. Goggin was the Committee's Senior Staff Economist, beginning in May 1988. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education and student financial aid policy. Prior to joining the staff of the Advisory Committee, Dr. Goggin was Acting Director of Higher Education Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Technical Director, Social Sciences Division, Advanced Technology, Inc.; and Senior Researcher, Education Policy Research Institute, ETS. He has designed, managed, and evaluated policy research projects in the areas of higher education, student aid, program design, need analysis, and delivery systems. He holds a PhD in economics from Iowa State University.

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Ms. Janet L. Chen joined the Advisory Committee in December 2010 and currently serves as the Director of Programs. Prior to joining the staff, Ms. Chen worked as an analyst for Abt Associates Inc., a research and consulting firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA, contributing to evaluations of federal programs serving post-secondary students. Before entering the field of higher education, she worked as a paralegal for three years at the Federal Trade Commission. She earned her master's degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor's degree in social policy from Northwestern University.

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Ms. Sharon R. Johnson is the Advisory Committee's Director of Policy Research. Prior to joining the staff in May 2014, Ms. Johnson worked as a higher education administrator at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Before entering the field of higher education, she worked as a Manager within the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC. Ms. Johnson is currently pursuing a PhD in higher education at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, focusing on federal financial aid policy. She earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a master's degree in civil and environmental engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Howard University.

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Ms. Tracy D. Jones is the Senior Administrative Officer for the Advisory Committee. She joined the staff in January 1992, as the administrative assistant. Prior to joining the Advisory Committee, Ms. Jones was a program assistant for the National Science Foundation and a data transcriber for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In June of 2008, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. In December 2011, Ms. Jones earned her MS in administration, specializing in organizational development at Trinity University.

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Ms. Rachel S. Kane is the Advisory Committee's Assistant Director of Programs. Prior to joining the staff in June 2014, Ms. Kane interned at the Center for American Progress and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She holds a master's degree in education policy and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland.

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