SHEEO Welcomes Jessica Colorado as Policy Analyst

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes Jessica Colorado as a policy analyst.

Jessica Colorado

Colorado will be located at SHEEO’s Washington, D.C., office, and will assist in a variety of areas, including the development, administration, and analysis of SHEEO’s Strong Foundations survey of state postsecondary systems, developing technical assistance and professional development materials for state-level data practitioners, and contributing to agenda development for SHEEO’s national convenings of data practitioners, researchers, and policy analysts.

Before joining SHEEO, Colorado, who proudly identifies as a first-generation college graduate, served as assistant director for the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success. Before that, she worked at the University of Rochester, where she served as an information analyst with the Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, serving low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented student populations. Prior to Rochester, Colorado served as associate director for the Upward Bound Math & Science program at Bronx Community College. Colorado earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester and was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She also holds an M.S. in chemistry from St. John’s University and an M.S. in educational policy from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.


The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) is the national association of the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education. Founded in 1954, SHEEO serves its members as an advocate for state policy leadership, a liaison between states and the federal government, and a vehicle for learning from and collaborating with peers. SHEEO also serves as a manager of multistate teams and as a source of information and analysis on educational and public policy issues. Together with its members, SHEEO advances public policies and academic practices that enable Americans to attain education beyond high school and achieve success in the 21st-century economy.