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 J. Chromy, Ed.D.
Debra Chromy is the President of Education Finance Council (EFC), the national association representing nonprofit and state-based higher education finance organizations. 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.
Dr. Chromy has worked in the student loan industry her entire career, for a student loan lender of both private and federal loans, a student loan servicer, and a federal loan guarantor. Prior to EFC, Dr. Chromy served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for American Student Assistance (ASA), where she was a leader in ASA’s corporate strategic planning process and managed ASA’s external relationships and partnerships, including federal and state governments, colleges and universities, higher education associations, and other student loan industry organizations.
Dr. Chromy received an A.B. in economics from Smith College, an M.B.A from Boston University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chromy currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Smith College Club of Washington, DC; Vice-Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Executive Doctorate Alumni Advisory Board; and Chair of the Legislative Task Force for the Municipal Bonds for America Coalition.
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.
Ms. daMota comes to EFC with more than a decade of experience in higher education, strategic planning, and personnel management and development. Prior to joining EFC, Ms. daMota was the Director of Federal Relations for the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation (CSLF), reporting directly to the President. Prior to CSLF, she was the Vice President of Operations with KISSsystems, a financial aid third-party servicer and software developer of an integrated student records management and financial aid processing software. Before joining KISSsystems, Ms. daMota was a financial aid director and trade school owner. She served as Treasurer of the Connecticut Cosmetology School Association and developed several continuing education programs. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools and on their Government Relations Committee.
Ms. daMota has a B.S. in Business Finance from Arizona State University. She is a native of New England and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
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.
Mrs. Streeter comes to EFC from the Civil War Trust, where she coordinated federal, state, and local policy and media initiatives, edited the Trust’s award-winning quarterly magazine, and coordinated logistics for press events with high-ranking federal and state officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Prior to her position at the Trust, Mrs. Streeter worked as a Test Developer and Item Writer for the Secondary School Admission Test Board (now The Enrollment Management Association) in Princeton, NJ.
Mrs. Streeter has a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College. She is a native of New Jersey and currently resides in Washington, DC.
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.
Ms. Reichart previously interned on Capitol Hill for Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) in the House of Representatives, as well as at the Embassy of Jordan. She also worked on Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)'s 2012 Senate campaign.
Ms. Reichart has a B.A. in Political Science and History from The George Washington University. She is a native of California and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.