Jonathan Fansmith

Assistant Vice President, Government Relations

Jonathan S. Fansmith represents ACE and its members on matters related to higher education policy, including the federal budget and appropriations process, technology and privacy, accessibility and disability, and teacher preparation. His work has a particular focus on student aid policy. In this role, Fansmith has led ACE's efforts in areas such as reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and COVID-19 relief funding.

Fansmith is a former president and member of the executive committee of the Committee for Education Funding, and he coordinates the efforts of the Student Aid Alliance, a coalition of over 80 higher education organizations. He is a member of the Think College National Coordinating Center Accreditation Working Group, which was created by the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act. He also serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Education Investment and the advisory board of the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students.

Fansmith's writing has appeared in publications ranging from The Washington Post to The Journal of College and University Law, and he has appeared in The Associated Press, The Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call, Bloomberg, The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio, USA Today, National Journal, and Inside Higher Ed, among other media outlets. In addition, he hosts ACE's dotEDU podcast and monthly Public Policy Pop-Ups and is a regular contributor to other higher education podcasts and webinars as well as speaking before association, academic, and corporate audiences.

Fansmith earned a BA in history from Georgetown University and an MA in government from The Johns Hopkins University.​