Iris Palmer


Iris Palmer is a senior advisor for higher education and workforce with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education team and also works closely with the Center on Education and Labor. She provides research and analysis on the ethical use of predictive analytics in higher education, apprenticeship, community colleges, and adults enrolled in higher education.


Palmer previously worked at the National Governors Association on postsecondary issues. There she helped states strengthen the connection between higher education and the workforce, support competency-based systems, use data from effectiveness and efficiency metrics, and improve licensure for veterans. Prior to joining NGA, she worked at HCM Strategists on the Lumina Foundation’s initiative to develop innovative higher education models, including new technologies and competency-based approaches. Before joining HCM Strategists, Palmer worked at the U.S. Department of Education in all of the offices related to higher education: the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, the Office of Postsecondary Education, the Policy Office, and the Office of the Undersecretary.

Iris received her undergraduate degree in political science from Goucher College and her master’s of public policy from George Mason University.

"I have benefited from many people in my life providing unique experiences in many different workforce environments. I am happy to give that help back to people looking for new experiences on the job.

Our GradFUTURES fellow was a delight to work with. She helped us by blogging and doing some very high quality internet research."

I have participated in the following GradFUTURES Programs: GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Program

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