SHEEO Welcomes Lynneah Ciera Brown as Policy Analyst

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes Lynneah Ciera Brown as a policy analyst.

Lynneah will be located at SHEEO’s Boulder, Colorado office, where she will contribute to its growing research portfolio by using data to create actionable, policy-relevant insights for state systems of higher education and will leverage advanced statistical approaches to create reproducible analyses and accompanying data visualizations, descriptive tables, trend comparisons, and causal estimates. She will be a primary contributor to the college closures project in collaboration with the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, supported by Arnold Ventures. Lynneah will also use her training and skills to identify and promote best policies and practices related to closing equity gaps in higher education.

Lynneah Brown

Lynneah is currently a doctoral candidate and the American Educational Research Association – National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant recipient in the department of education policy studies at Pennsylvania State University (PSU). She received her B.A. degree in English literature from Florida State University and her Ed.M. in higher education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her research interests include state and federal higher education policy, specifically, performance-based funding for higher education and postsecondary access and success for underrepresented students. Before joining SHEEO, she served as a graduate research assistant and academic mentor at PSU, graduate research intern at the Association of American Medical Colleges, and graduate research assistant within the College of Education at UIUC. Lynneah also served as a professional academic advisor and adjunct professor at Florida International University and has internship experience as a summer registration advisor and a teacher success initiative advisor at UIUC.


The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) serves the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education and their staffs. Founded in 1954, SHEEO promotes an environment that values higher education and its role in ensuring the equitable education of all Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic factors. Together with its members, SHEEO aims to achieve this vision by equipping state higher education executive officers and their staffs with the tools to effectively advance the value of higher education, promoting public policies and academic practices that enable all Americans to achieve success in the 21st century, and serving as an advocate for state higher education leadership. For more information, visit