Full Name
Jean Eddy
Job Title
President and CEO
American Student Assistance (ASA)
Speaker Bio
Jean Eddy is the President and CEO of American Student Assistance (ASA), where she develops and drives the overall strategic direction of the organization. Working with the ASA Board and senior management team, she is responsible for developing and driving the overall strategic direction of the organization in fulfillment of ASA’s mission. Jean provides leadership and oversight for ASA as it evaluates and implements new initiatives to help kids discover their education and career opportunities.
Named by the Board of Directors as President and CEO in the fall of 2016, Jean was asked to undertake an evaluation of the organization’s direction and purpose to better align ASA’s strengths with highest student impact areas. During Jean’s tenure, ASA has pivoted from a 65-year history of helping students with college financing and repayment options to a new focus of helping students discover potential career paths earlier in their education journey, before financing or repayment need occur. In collaboration with the Board and her senior management team, she has successfully shifted ASA’s focus and direction to help kids – as early as middle school to – know themselves, know their options, and make informed choices about their education and career goals.

Jean is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of experience creating and leading organizations that promote successful operational efficiencies. She is deeply committed to student success. Prior to becoming its CEO, Jean served on the Board of ASA for 20 years, serving most recently as Vice Chair. She spent her career in higher education holding numerous senior level positions in academic affairs, finance and administration, and student affairs and enrollment including serving as the Chief Operating Officer at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment at Brandeis University, and holding multiple roles in the financial services and enrollment areas during a 12-year tenure at Northeastern University.

Nationally, Jean is a recognized speaker and subject matter expert on creating and optimizing solutions that impact net tuition revenue focusing on recruitment and retention issues. She has held memberships on the College Board, NASFAA, EASFAA, NACAC, and AICAD and has served as a trustee for the Providence Foundation and The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. Jean has served as president for both the Rhode Island Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University and a Master’s degree from Johnson & Wales University.
Jean Eddy