Louis Soares leads ACE’s efforts in strategy, research and advancement.
Soares joined ACE in June 2013 as vice president for policy research and strategy and head of the Council’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy. With more than 20 years of experience in postsecondary education policy and practice, Soares is responsible for further positioning ACE as a thought leader on emerging trends in higher education. While at ACE he published two landmark papers, "Post-Traditional Learners and the Transformation of Higher Education" and "Evolving Higher Education Business Models."
In 2016, the Council expanded Soares’ responsibilities to include organizational strategy with a focus on advancement. In this role, Soares leverages decades of experience in campus-based and nonprofit organization fundraising to enhance the Council’s relationships with corporate and philanthropic partners. Soares has developed and successfully implemented projects with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, TIAA Institute, ACT, Verizon Foundation, Fleet Bank, CVS, Bank of America, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor.
Prior to coming to ACE, Soares served as the director of the postsecondary education program and fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a premier Washington, DC based think tank. Prior to CAP, he served as director of business/workforce development under Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri and as director of education partnerships for the Rhode Island Technology Council. Additionally, he was a small business consultant with the U.S. Peace Corps in Romania.
Soares was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in 2011-14.
He holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard University (MA) and a bachelor’s in business economics from Brown University (RI).