Mark Huelsman


Mark Huelsman

  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine

    • The Hope Center

      • Director of Policy and Advocacy

Pronouns: He/Him

Mark Huelsman is the Director of Policy & Advocacy at The Hope Center, where he leads federal policy efforts to modernize higher education and safety net policies to support students' basic needs and improve college affordability. He also currently serves as a Fellow with the Student Borrower Protection Center. Prior to joining Hope, he served as the Associate Director of Policy & Research at Demos, where he led the organization’s policy work on college affordability, student debt, and racial equity in higher education, and contributed to the organization’s work on the racial wealth gap and structural democracy reform. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News, C-SPAN, Yahoo! Finance, Vox, and Bloomberg TV, and his writing has been featured in CNN, The Washington Post, Slate, The Nation, The Guardian, The New Republic, Salon, Inside Higher EdThe Hill, The American Prospect, and U.S. News and World Report. In 2016, he was named to the “Politico 50" for his role in sparking a national policy conversation around debt-free college.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


That federal and state policymakers and institutional leaders are bold and unapologetic in centering, addressing, and designing policies around the experiences of the students and families who have been too often marginalized.

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