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Brendan Williams

Brendan Williams

Vice President of Knowledge

Brendan is the VP of Knowledge at uAspire. In this role, he is one of uAspire's internal financial aid experts, supporting the research, evaluation & learning, and consulting teams. He helps drive thought leadership to ensure uAspire shares its latest research, innovations, and student-centered practices with the field. Brendan also works with external partners to strengthen their college access and success practices, promote systems change, and reduce barriers for students and families. Over his tenure at uAspire, he has worked as a financial aid advisor, working directly with students in the Boston public schools and as an external trainer, training practitioners at organizations nationwide. Previously, Brendan was a tutor at City on a Hill Charter Schools. Brendan received his Master of Science in Public Affairs from UMASS Boston and his BA in economics and psychology from SUNY Binghamton.

Why uAspire?

I choose to work at uAspire because I believe every student needs to be aware of the financial aid process, costs of college, and debt implications of their college decision. Through the education of students, training of practitioners, and most importantly, leveraging our experiences to help reduce systemic barriers at the higher ed, state, and federal level - we can make a college education and the benefits that come with it more accessible.