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Anika is vice president of policy for uAspire. In this role, she leads uAspire's policy team, providing strategic direction for policy advocacy in California, Massachusetts, and New York, and driving federal policy programs and advocacy goals. Anika has been with uAspire since 2020, when she started as Massachusetts policy director. Before joining uAspire, Anika was research manager for the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the city's workforce development board, where she researched and wrote college completion studies, as well as managed and analyzed student data to inform program design and policy for high school and college completion initiatives. In California, she served as legislative director for California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, and was a California Executive Fellow. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MPA from George Washington University.
College costs and financial aid systems often pose barriers rather than promote economic mobility for students, and uAspire is committed to both supporting individual students and building equitable higher education systems.