- About EFC
The EFC team is a group of talented and dedicated professionals whose collective experience and expertise ranges across the key institutions and fields pertinent to advocacy of higher education access, affordability, and success. Their knowledge and expertise is available for individual member assistance and technical and programmatic assistance.
Debra Chromy is the President of Education Finance Council (EFC), the national association representing nonprofit and state-agency student loan organizations. At EFC, Dr. Chromy leads EFC’s advocacy efforts on regulatory and legislative issues related to student loans and higher education. She collaborates with all EFC members, EFC’s Board of Directors, staff, the Administration, Congress, and other industry groups, facilitating and promoting EFC’s goals and initiatives. In addition, Dr. Chromy works to develop and implement member services and operational and communications strategies.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Gail daMota is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Education Finance Council (EFC). She joined EFC in June 2001 as the Federal Relations Director. In her current role as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, her primary responsibilities are: ensuring the efficient operations of EFC, including corporate governance policy development and implementation, acting as staff liaison to the Board of Directors and EFC committees, membership services, and program development, as well as all aspects of meeting and event planning. She is also responsible for EFC’s IT and asset management, and she works collaboratively with EFC team members on regulatory and statutory issues affecting the EFC membership. Ms. daMota has presented at several industry conferences.
Michele Streeter is the Communications Director for Education Finance Council (EFC). She joined EFC in March 2015. Mrs. Streeter is responsible for developing and implementing EFC’s strategic communications plan. This includes managing all communications initiatives, serving as EFC’s spokesperson and point of contact for media inquiries, managing the association’s online (including website and social media) presence, and writing EFC’s daily publication analyzing key congressional, regulatory, political, and economic issues. She also writes EFC’s quarterly publication on the association’s advocacy activity, as well as all other external advocacy documents, including one-pagers, white papers, talking points, policy recommendations, op-eds, and letters to the editor. Mrs. Streeter also assists with planning and coordinating EFC events. In addition, Mrs. Streeter facilitates the College Success Committee and works with committee members to increase visibility. Mrs. Streeter also works to facilitate partnerships with other advocacy and industry groups, and works collaboratively with EFC team members on regulatory and statutory issues affecting the EFC membership.
Government Affairs & Member Relations Associate
Barbara Reichart is the Government Affairs & Member Relations Associate for Education Finance Council (EFC). She joined EFC in June 2015. Ms. Reichart is responsible for supporting EFC staff by tracking legislation, developing advocacy documents, assisting with EFC's quarterly review, developing website content, and planning and coordinating EFC meetings and events. Ms. Reichart also oversees member relations and coordinates EFC committee activities.
Will Steward is a junior undergraduate student at Augustana University in South Dakota, studying both Government and Economics. He now works for EFC as an intern, providing support for government affairs, communications, and other initiatives. Before joining EFC, Will worked as a project intern for Maximizing Excellence, LLC, providing project support, along with research and writing on nonprofit organizations and their efficacy in the South Dakota area.