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Alli Bell


Alli Bell is a talented education policy specialist with a passion for public policy driven by sound research and data analysis. She is an expert on setting a state and federal policy context conducive to innovative academic delivery models designed to expand educational attainment. In her capacity as a higher education director for HCM Strategists, Alli provides policymakers and individual school systems with support and expertise to develop programs that increase affordable, accessible and high-quality postsecondary education, particularly for working adults and racial and ethnic minorities.

Prior to joining HCM, Alli served as an associate research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics, where she oversaw the collection of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Graduation Rates and Fall Enrollment components. Before that, she was a policy analyst for the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO). In that role, she managed the State Higher Education Finance Report, collecting and analyzing state financial data, compiling annual higher education finance reports and collaborating with state policy makers.

Alli holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and earned her master’s degree in education and her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan. An outdoor enthusiast, Alli enjoys camping, hiking and skiing, but saves her competitive spirit for sailboat racing. She lives in San Diego, CA.


Every day, I get to wake up and work to change the world. Improving educational opportunities will improve lives, our society and our nation. I’m proud to work for small changes that will make this world one that I want to hand down to the next generation.