Why I work with HCM
I find purpose and joy in work that advances social, racial, and economic justice. Education isn’t the silver bullet to those issues, but it is a critical component. I’m inspired by our work partnering with stakeholders who are seeking to create policies and systems in education that work for all students. And I’m thrilled to work with colleagues who tackle these challenges with open-mindedness, analytical rigor, and a commitment to equity.
Director of Policy and Strategic Finance
Will Carroll is an experienced policy analyst and advisor with expertise spanning from K-12 and higher education issues and an extensive background in federal education finance. Knowing there is no better investment we can make than education, Will is committed to helping policymakers and institutions identify the best ways to use their resources to support all students.
Will previously helped develop and execute policies and budgets for federal education programs for more than a dozen years, spending time at the U.S. Department of Education, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and most recently at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB, Will contributed to major regulations and legislation in both K-12 and higher education and led interagency teams in standing up new grant programs and initiatives. His most recent work at OMB covered issues of college affordability and quality, Pell Grants, and free community college.
Will also worked with HCM on the Tackling Transfer Initiative during a detail assignment to the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, where he developed research and tools for institutions and state policymakers to improve the success of transfer students.
Will’s commitment to working in education began at Philadelphia Futures, where he supported a cohort of 20 high school students through academic programming and the college application process to become the first in their families to attend college. Will received his master’s of public policy from Duke University and his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. Will lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons, who indulge him in his love of hiking but fully embrace his passion for baking pies.