Lia Lumauig is an analyst on Ithaka S+R’s Educational Transformation team. She contributes to Ithaka S+R’s work on the Kessler Scholars Collaborative and the American Talent Initiative, focusing on increasing higher education access and equity for first-generation and limited-income students. Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Lia worked in the international education and exchanges field, most recently as a student advising manager for a US Department of Defense-funded program. Her master’s thesis examined equitable access to federal resources during COVID-19 for socially vulnerable communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian studies from The College of New Jersey and is completing a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.