- 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, where she is responsible for developing and implementing EFC's strategic communications and government affairs plans. Ms. Streeter works to advance EFC’s advocacy efforts on regulatory and legislative issues among key contacts on Capitol Hill and in the Administration and to develop and facilitate partnerships with a range of advocacy and industry groups.
She also writes, edits, and distributes all internal and external publications, including a daily analytical publication; manages EFC's web and social media presence; and serves as EFC's press spokesperson.
In addition, Ms. Streeter facilitates the College Success Committee and works with committee members to share best practices for college access and success, college and career counseling, financial aid and FAFSA assistance, and outreach efforts to underserved youth and families.
Ms. Streeter comes to EFC from the American Battlefield Trust, where she developed and implemented successful federal and state-based advocacy and communications initiatives and worked with federal and state agencies and the media to advance policy goals related to historic preservation and land acquisition campaigns. Ms. Streeter worked closely on the Trust's Campaign 1776 launch.
Ms. Streeter has a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College. She is a native of New Jersey and currently resides in Washington, DC.