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Maryann Rainey

Program Officer – Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison
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 education and career goals.

Maryann Rainey is a program officer. She is responsible for strategic grantmaking in support of Ascendium’s Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison focus area, which seeks to identify and scale effective strategies for ensuring that incarcerated learners have access to and success in high-quality postsecondary education. She joined the organization in 2018.

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

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

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