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Maryann Rainey

Program Officer – Streamline Key Learner Transitions
Partnering with current and potential grantees and other funders to elevate opportunities for learners from low-income backgrounds so they can better achieve their postsecondary educational and career goals.

Maryann Rainey is a program officer at Ascendium. She is responsible for strategic grantmaking in support of Ascendium’s Streamlining Key Learner Transitions focus area, which seeks to improve transitions through better data sharing; enhanced collaboration between postsecondary institutions and systems; and more effective processes for aligning educational and workforce training programs with labor market demand. She joined the organization in 2018.

Previously, she served as Director of Operations for Adult Learner Initiatives at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in Nashville, Tennessee. She has also held positions with The Ohio State University, Huntington Bank and Nationwide Insurance.

Raised in Columbus, Ohio, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications from The Ohio State University in Columbus and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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