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HCM effectively works on our clients behalf, providing support and strategic guidance to help form policy priorities that are impactful and meaningful in the channels of both health and education.  We tackle the hard stuff, reforming federal financial aid, increasing college attainment and completion rates and ensuring that patient preferences and priorities are at the center of regulatory decision-making.

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Aemerge Redpack

Aemerge RedPak is revolutionizing medical waste treatment. Approved by the California Department of Public Health and the governing air quality management district, we operate the only commercial scale fully-permitted “High Heat” treatment facility in California for all categories of medical waste, including pharmaceutical, pathological, trace chemo, sharps, and biohazardous. We provide services for California-based medical waste generators, as well as generators from across the country.

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Algiers Charter School

Algiers Charter is a community-based charter network committed to student success in both college and life. Our five schools service nearly 3,500 students in the New Orleans Area. Every school is designed to support each child’s academic, social, and emotional journey. Our approach in education is tailored across each grade level to be engaging, rigorous, and motivating. We believe those qualities are necessary in order for students to develop the critical thinking and core knowledge needed to succeed. Our educators and staff come from all backgrounds and work daily to guide our scholars towards their full potential. We believe wholeheartedly education equals success for our students and our community – and we always strive to put children first, for a better future.

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Association for Institutional Research

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) supports higher education professionals in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of data, and the strategic use of information for effective decision making and planning. AIR provides resources, innovative practices, and professional development opportunities for AIR members and the higher education community, including professionals from institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning, and related fields.​

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Austin Chamber of Commerce

For 140 years, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has connected the community to make Austin work. We invest in a broad range of programs that build and support a prosperous regional economy.  Leveraging our Opportunity Austin initiative, we help create jobs, recruit job generators, and develop talent.  We help companies’ startup, expand and innovate. We ensure students are workforce ready. We push for policy to remain the best place to work, live and play. We roll up our sleeves to take on the biggest issues our community cares about like affordability, CodeNEXT and traffic. We connect businesses to resources and information to help them network and grow.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to accelerate efforts already under way in higher education and to support the enormous talent, creativity, and energy being applied to improving student completion rates and lowering costs while raising the quality of the U.S. postsecondary education system.

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Braeburn Pharmaceuticals

Braeburn is developing long-acting medicines for treating opioid addiction. Opioid addiction, also known as opioid use disorder (OUD), is a medical condition requiring medical treatment. Together with counseling and support, Braeburn’s next generation medicines aim to support patients focusing on the reintegration of their lives with their families and communities.

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California Edge Coalition

In the more than a decade since its formation, EDGE has focused on improving California’s system of workforce education and training and removing the serious barriers that prevent so many Californians from getting the skills they need to succeed in the labor market. California has made progress since we first came together. There is now widespread recognition that despite the state’s historic commitment to higher education, too few students achieve degrees, certificates, or transfer and many low-skilled working adults have limited access to skill-development opportunities. Career education that had once received limited recognition and insufficient financial support is increasingly being recognized as an important component of postsecondary education.

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Campaign for College Opportunity

Campaign for College Opportunity is a statewide advocacy organization in California with a mission to ensure all students in the state have the opportunity to attend and succeed in college. They work to influence legislation and system policies through raising student voice, collaborating with other like-minded leaders, and elevating research and best practices. In 2014, HCM Strategists worked with the CCO Board to develop their next strategic plan through 2018.

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Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

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Collaborative for Student Success

The Collaborative for Student Success is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to defend high standards, high-quality assessments, and strong systems of accountability, to ensure that all kids are prepared for college or career. Through capacity-building efforts with in-state organizations and collaboration with national partners, we promote fact-based public discourse and fight to advance policies that promote best practices and ensure equitable outcomes for all students.

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College Board

College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Their mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Their initiatives promote curricula, assessment tools, district and guidance resources that help K-12 students prepare for and connect with higher education. With tools like the Advanced Placement (AP®) college-level courses and the SAT college entrance exam, College Board is at the forefront of college preparation.

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Council of Chief State School Officers

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. They are committed to ensuring that all students participating in our public education system — regardless of background — graduate prepared for college, careers, and life.

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Dillard University

Since 1869, Dillard University has been committed to providing students with a quality four-year liberal arts education. Dillard is a fully accredited private, historically black university. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dillard among the nation’s Top 10 HBCUs, based on comprehensive undergraduate studies. Dillard also was awarded a Top 10 Ranking in 2010 for liberal arts schools in the social mobility category by Washington Monthly.

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EnLearn

EnLearn’s mission is to radically improve education for every student by continuously adapting the entire learning ecosystem. They have developed a groundbreaking learning platform that allows publishers, school districts, and teachers to work together to deliver personalized learning while using classroom data to make content and learning more effective. Enlearn diagnoses key learning obstacles and misconceptions in real-time to deliver the right problem with the right support at the right time, personalized to the student’s learning DNA.

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Florida Memorial University

Building upon the traditions of our past and harnessing the richness of the present, Florida Memorial University prepares our students, through innovation, collaboration and creativity, to assume leadership roles in a highly competitive, technology-driven, and increasingly global marketplace. The mission of Florida Memorial University is to instill in our students the values of leadership, character, and service to enhance their lives and the lives of others on our campus, in our community, and in the world through a transformational, liberal arts education.

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George W. Bush Institute

The George W. Bush Institute, founded by President and Mrs. Bush in 2009, is a public policy center in Dallas with the mission of advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and across the globe. Built on principles that guided the Bushes in public life, the Bush Institute uses leading research to develop and implement policies that offer practical solutions to pressing problems in the United States and abroad.

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Higher Learning Advocates

Higher Learning Advocates is a non-profit advocacy organization working to shift federal policy from higher education to higher learning—education and training beyond high school that leads to a degree, credential, or employment. While more students are participating in higher education than ever before, there is a vast and growing disconnect between federal policy and the needs of today’s students, employers, and communities. We are working toward federal policies that create transparent pathways to success, incentivize innovation, protect students and taxpayers, and improve outcomes.

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Institute for Higher Education Policy

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students. Based in Washington, D.C., IHEP develops innovative policy- and practice-oriented research to guide policymakers and education leaders who develop high-impact policies that will address our nation’s most pressing education challenges.

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KinderCare Education

KinderCare Education serves more than 161,000 children aged six weeks to 12 years. While each KinderCare Education brand meets the needs of different age groups and communities, every one of them is dedicated to their mission of educational excellence as well as the nation’s highest standards of care. KinderCare Education’s National Support Center (NSC) provides ongoing support to field leadership, as well as professional development for educators and staff, curriculum development, and strategic guidance for all of their brands.

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Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Our core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems. Our strategy is to systematically examine areas of society in which underperformance, inefficiency, concentrated power, lack of information, lack of accountability, lack of transparency, lack of balance among interests, or other barriers to human progress and achievement exist. Our approach is not limited to what has been tried, or even what has been proposed, in the past. Instead, we seek to incentivize bold, creative thinking and effort, with the goal of igniting a renaissance of new ideas and approaches applied to persistent problems.

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Learning Heroes

Learning Heroes helps answer your questions: about homework, what your child is expected to learn each year, ways you can support your child’s emotional health and happiness, planning for college, and more. Their mission is to inspire and equip parents as Learning Heroes, so every child can succeed. They connect you to useful information and simple actions you can take to help your child thrive in school and life. Their team helps you understand how to best support your child’s education and connect you to resources from some of the nation’s most trusted experts and organizations such as the National PTA, Scholastic, Common Sense Media, GreatSchools, Univision, and more.

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Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation, an lndianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change.

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National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services External Web Site Policy , is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier. Life expectancy in the United States has jumped from 47 years in 1900 to 78 years as reported in 2009, and disability in people over age 65 has dropped dramatically in the past 3 decades. In recent years, nationwide rates of new diagnoses and deaths from all cancers combined have fallen significantly.

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. They manage a growing collection of nearly 1,900 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and award more than $40 million in grants and scholarships every year. The foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, support great work happening in our communities and lead and collaborate on high-impact initiatives.

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Ohio Association of Community Colleges

The trustees, presidents and staff of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) are dedicated to the advancement and implementation of sound policy and initiatives that work to ensure the success of the more than 300,000 community college students in Ohio. Rooted in the belief that every person should have access to a high-quality college education, the OACC supports the mission of the state’s 23 community colleges to provide programming in technical education, lower-division baccalaureate education, developmental education, and continuing education in our local communities.

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PIE Network

The PIE Network’s mission is to connect state-level education advocacy organizations with colleagues across the country to amplify their voices and maximize their impact. We envision a powerful network of champions for education reform working together across the country to advocate for policies that ensure all kids have the schools they deserve.

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Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world.

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SAS

SAS is a trusted analytics powerhouse for organizations seeking immediate value from their data. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Their bench of analytics solutions and broad industry knowledge keep our customers coming back and feeling confident. With SAS, you can discover insights from your data and make sense of it all, identify what’s working and fix what isn’t, make more intelligent decisions and drive relevant change.

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Smarter Balanced

Smarter Balanced is the result of state education agency staff, teachers, higher education faculty, and other educators working together to create a “best of the best” assessment system with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of students who are well prepared for college and careers. This effort began with the recognition that most assessment systems were disjointed, outdated, and did not offer a cohesive set of tools to help educators improve teaching and learning.

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State Higher Education Executive Officers

The State Higher Education Executive Officers is the national association of the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education. Founded in 1954, SHEEO serves its members as an advocate for state policy leadership, as a liaison between states and the federal government, as a vehicle for learning from and collaborating with peers, as a manager of multistate teams to initiate new programs, and as a source of information and analysis on educational and public policy issues. SHEEO seeks to advance public policies and educational practices to achieve more widespread access to and completion of higher education, more discoveries through research, and more applications of knowledge that improve the quality of human lives and enhance the public good.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how our free enterprise system improves society and the economy. The Foundation conducts research and produces events on issues facing business now and in the future. Through its initiatives, the Foundation builds skills, drives innovation, and encourages growth.

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United Way of Southeast Louisiana

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana spends a great deal of time identifying, assessing and monitoring the most pressing needs in our region. They then fund programs, support collaborations, convene experts, advocate for change and foster new and needed community services to address the issues based on best practices. The organization works tirelessly to provide quality health and human services for our community and measure the results to ensure we are making a difference.

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University of Virginia / Nudge

University of Virginia Nudge4 projects leverage insights from behavioral economics and social psychology to design interventions that encourage people to make active and informed decisions and to follow through on their own plans and intentions. They harness rich data and sophisticated analytic techniques to prompt people with information that is highly personalized, salient, and actionable. Nudge4 projects also leverage communications technologies like text messaging to effectively reach people, convey timely information, and connect people to individualized assistance. They build collaborative, sustained partnership with schools, agencies and organizations to develop effective, scalable policy interventions.

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Vox Global

Vox Global’s clients face complex and diverse issues. Situations change, events happen, opportunities arise and crises threaten. They anticipate, adapt and prepare our clients for the future.

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We Raise New Jersey

WRNJ is a diverse coalition of New Jersey organizations and associations that are united in our belief that New Jersey students need and deserve a world-class education to effectively compete and succeed in our rapidly changing world. Our coalition organizes the power of each member organization into a collective voice to advocate for high quality academic standards and aligned assessments, and to ensure that every child is prepared for college, career, and active citizenship in our communities.

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Past Clients

Achieve
ACT
AIDS Alliance
Aligning Forces for Quality
America Achieves
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
American Diabetes Association
American Enterprise Institute
Apple Tree Institute
Aria Health
Ascension Health
Association of American Indian Physicians
B Lab
Battelle Memorial Institute
Biotechnology Org
Capella Education Company
Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Chocktaw Nation of Oklahoma
Civic Entertainment Group
Clyde Group
Committee for Economic Development
Communications Works
Complete College America
ConwayStrategic
Coquille Indian Tribe
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
Credential Engine
Cure Epilepsy
Cuyahoga Community College
Dallas Faith Communities Coalition
DC School Reform
DexCom
Diabetes Hands Foundation
diatribe Foundation
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Diversified Education Systems
Dugan Bassett Consulting
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Edge Research
Education Commission of the States
Education Development Center
Excelsior College
ExxonMobil
Faster cures
FOCUS
Foundation in Excellence in Education
Georgia Gwinnett College
Great Schools
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College
Hospital Consulting Group
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Ivy Tech Community College
Jobs for the Future
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services
Knowledge Universe
Lorain County Community College
Louisiana State University Foundation
Maricopa Community College
Montage Marketing Group
National Association of College and University Budget Officers
National Chamber Foundation
National College Access Network
National Governors Association
National Hispanic University
National Indian Health Board
National Math & Science Initiative
New America Foundation
New Hampshire Coalition for Business
New York Stem Cell Foundation
Novo Nordisk
PARCC
Parent Engagement Initiative
Parkinson’s Action Network
PhRMA
Rebuilding America’s Middle Class
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc
Scholastic
Skills Funds
Southern University
Southern University at Shreveport
St. Vincent Health
State of New Mexico
Student Achievement Partners
Sylvan Learning
Tandem Diabetes
Teaching Partners
Tennessee Achieves
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
The Aspen Institute
The Regents of the University of California
The Teaching Channel
Tides Foundation
University Innovation Alliance
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina
University of Texas – Brownsville
University System of Georgia Foundation
Urban Institute
USA Funds (Strada Education Network)
Via Christi Health
Washington Student Achievement Council
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Winston Group
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