Emily Sellers serves as the Degrees When Due (DWD) Project Manager at the Institute for Higher Education and Policy (IHEP). In this role, Sellers manages the project’s implementation, onboards a critical mass of states and institutions into the initiative, builds partnerships to ensure meaningful participation, and connects DWD program execution to policy priorities within the Applied Research team, as well as IHEP broadly.
Prior to joining IHEP, Sellers served as Director of Alliance Relations for Complete College America. In this role, she provided support and resources to 24 Alliance members through trainings, technical assistance and in-person support. She worked closely with Alliance members to support completion efforts and drive results. She also engaged with national higher education policy and philanthropic communities to strengthen the network of support within the college completion movement.
Sellers also served as Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education where she was responsible for leading the Outreach and Engagement team which focused on four areas: Communications and Outreach; Constituent Development and Engagement; Training, Technical Assistance and Support; and Capacity Building. Emily also provided leadership over the 21st Century Scholars program, Indiana’s early-promise college access scholarship program.
Sellers brings over a decade of higher education experience and earned her Bachelor’s in Movement Science from Grand Valley State University and her Master’s in Public Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs program at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).