Shari Garmise serves as the Executive Director for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) and Senior Vice President, Urban Initiatives at APLU. She has been a key figure leading APLU and USU’s student success agenda. Current efforts include: APLU’s Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success effort, the Student Experience Project, Completion Grants, Frontier Set, the Collaborative Opportunity Grants, and building Credential Pathways,
Prior positions include Vice President, Knowledge Management and Development at the International Economic Development Association, Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University at the Levin College of Urban Affairs and Vice President, Research for the Council of Urban Economic Development as well as managing her own economic development consulting business. She has published the book People and the Competitive Advantage of Place: Building a Workforce for the 21st Century, with M.E. Sharpe Publishers, as well as numerous writings in national and international publications, for example this recent piece on rethinking financial aid in the Washington Post. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.