- 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-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.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Gail daMota is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Education Finance Council. 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.
Government Affairs & Member Services Manager
Meghan Lustig is the Manager of Government Affairs and Member Services for Education Finance Council. In this role, she manages EFC’s state and federal policy strategies, providing EFC members with regular updates, recommendations, and support on relevant issues. She also works with EFC staff to develop and implement member services, including annual publications, partnerships, and events.
Ms. Lustig came to EFC from Communities In Schools, where she managed a comprehensive federal and state government relations strategy and worked to elevate the profile of the organization as a national leader on key issues. Prior to joining CIS, she was Office Manager at Rock Creek Global Advisors, where she was responsible for finance, schedule coordination, and operations.
Ms. Lustig has a M.A. in Education Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a native of New York and currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Director of External Affairs
Ann Marie Yager is the Director of External Affairs for the Education Finance Council (EFC). In this role, she manages EFC’s relationships with the Administration, Congress, and other industry associations, trade groups, and think tanks; serves as EFC’s spokesperson and point of contact for media inquiries; and works collaboratively with EFC staff and the membership to promote EFC’s initiatives and brand.
Mrs. Yager came to EFC from the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid (FSA) where she managed FSA’s Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act compliance as well as official correspondence. During her 17 years of federal service, Mrs. Yager also served at the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as other offices in the U.S. Department of Education.
Mrs. Yager is a graduate of The George Washington University and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a native of New York and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.