- 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.
Director of External Affairs & Communications
Michele Streeter is the Director of External Affairs & Communications for Education Finance Council. 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 presence, and writing EFC’s daily publication analyzing key congressional, regulatory, political, and economic issues. 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.