Strada Education Network is a national social impact organization headquartered in Indianapolis that is dedicated to improving lives by forging clearer and more purposeful pathways between education and employment.

Strada Education Network was formed in 2014 following the transition of United Student Aid Funds, originally established in Indianapolis in 1960 as USA Group by Richard Cornuelle to help families finance college costs, to the national social impact organization that Strada is today. William D. Hansen, from Pocatello, Idaho, a postsecondary education leader whose career has spanned the public and private sectors, including many years at the U.S. Department of Education, led the transition and continues to serve as the organization’s chief executive and president.

Strada leverages a unique combination of research, philanthropy, policymaker engagement, investments, and solutions to help people connect their education to meaningful careers. The organization’s multifaceted approach, which it calls the network effect, enables Strada to facilitate large-scale change. Strada’s network is divided broadly into three areas: national engagement and strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and Strada solutions.

Through its national engagement and philanthropic work, Strada has invested more than $120 million in philanthropy and partnered with state policymakers and education leaders across the county to develop scalable models for education and workforce success. Strada’s research and insights teams consist of the Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Consumer Insights group. While the Institute focuses on how to best prepare people for a rapidly changing workplace, Consumer Insights partners with polling firm Gallup to study education consumers’ perspectives on the value of their education. 

Finally, Strada’s network is home to a group of affiliate organizations and mission-aligned investments. These organizations and funds represent real-world solutions to support students navigating between education and careers and offer employers help as they build strong talent pipelines.

Revised July 2021

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