HigherEducation.com About Us

  • 75 Million

    High Intent Users / Year

    Experience where it counts: building high-intent education traffic and industry-leading enrollment services.

  • Premium Portfolio

    Of education-focused websites

    Our proprietary network is proven to attract motivated prospective students.

  • Industry Experience

    In driving high-quality student enrollment

    Years of industry-leading experience to help your student enrollment grow.


  • Jeff Mayer


    Senior Vice President, Operations

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    Over 20 years of marketing and business operations experience with the past 6 years serving higher education. Jeff's previous roles include Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing for Academic Partnerships, Executive Director of Marketing for Kaplan Higher Education Group and various domestic and international roles for DHL Express and Komatsu Latin America.

  • Daniel Yap


    Vice President, Business Intelligence

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    Over 17 years of digital marketing experience with the past 7 years in higher education. Before joining the team, Daniel led digital marketing for a major higher education institution. In 2013, he was named one of the Top 40 under 40 innovative brand marketers.

  • Rafael Jose



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    With more than 12 years of digital marketing experience, Rafael oversees the content marketing production and operations for the Company. His previous experience includes building sales and account teams for both start-ups and large agencies.

  • Suzanne Guinn


    Vice President, Managing Director

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    With more than 20 years in higher education and expertise in customer experience and market development, Suzanne serves as the primary lisaon between our HE team and our partner universities.

  • Stephen Amante



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    With more than 25 years of experience starting and growing technology enabled service businesses, Stephen is responsible for all finance, accounting, human resources, and administrative functions and is closely involved with most of the company’s operations. He has served as CFO for various private-equity backed enterprises over the last 10 years.

  • Joeri Weyenberg



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    Over 20 years of experience driving P&Ls, strategy, change management and marketing functions, including 9 years as an executive in online education, as well as senior roles in international companies across Europe, Asia and the USA. Prior to joining the team, Joeri was the head of marketing and student acquisition at one of the largest online higher education institutions in the U.S. Joeri is also a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics relevant to the higher education industry, and has won numerous industry awards.

  • John Cascio


    Director of Finance

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    With more than 12 years of experience, John oversees all finance, accounting, data analysis, and forecasting functions. His previous experience includes other private industries and the assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Avishan Hodjat


    Senior VP, Sales & Client Services

    Over 15 years of leadership experience in internet technology, marketing and lead generation, including 11 years as an executive in the higher education industry. Avishan specializes in driving enrollment growth for not for profit and private universities.

  • Patrick Gavin



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    Online marketing veteran with 15+ years of experience in digital marketing having founded multiple online marketing companies. Patrick has a core expertise in digital strategic and content marketing. He was the founder and CEO of Text Link Ads, a business acquired by Lake Capital in 2006. Was a founding investor in HigherEducation.com in 2007 and became CEO in 2009. Led company partnership with Abry Partners in 2011.

  • Mitch Comardo


    Vice President, Technology

    With 10 years of experience, Mitch heads up all of HigherEducation’s product development, infrastructure, design and help desk functions. Prior to joining H-E, Mitch helped large-scale, web-based technology companies leverage supply chain management, pricing optimization and internal operational software to maximize investments and minimize risk.

Team Members

  • Sam Sok

    Sam Sok

    Data Analyst

  • Kristen Allcorn

    Kristen Allcorn

    Director of Business Intelligence

  • Gus Santaella

    Gus Santaella

    Sr. Director of Analytics & Data Science

  • Justin Lam

    Justin Lam

    Client Services Analyst

  • Erick Vargas

    Erick Vargas

    Data Strategy Analyst

  • Christian Jones

    Christian Jones

    Strategy Analyst

  • Ryan Kluge

    Ryan Kluge

    Senior Marketing Associate

  • Amanda Green

    Amanda Green

    Web Publishing Manager

  • Ben Goldberg

    Ben Goldberg

    Marketing Data Analyst

  • Amy Tran

    Amy Tran

    Associate Director, Content

  • Joseph Hopkins

    Joseph Hopkins

    Freelance Production Manager

  • Jennifer Yee

    Jennifer Yee

    Director of Offshore Operations

  • James Valentine

    James Valentine

    Senior Marketing Associate

  • Erin Mettling

    Erin Mettling

    Freelance Content Manager

  • Content Manager

    Logan Foley

    Content Manager

  • Zach Romeo

    Zach Romeo

    Director of Production

  • Heather Dileepan

    Heather Dileepan

    Marketing Manager

  • Stephanie Snider

    Stephanie Snider

    Associate Director, Marketing

  • Melissa Venable

    Melissa Venable

    Education Writer

  • Cody Anderson

    Cody Anderson

    Marketing Associate

  • Ben Strauss

    Ben Strauss

    Editor II

  • Outreach Associate

    Colin Weickmann

    Outreach Associate

  • Amy Bryant

    Amy Bryant

    Outreach Associate

  • Ky Phan

    Ky Phan

    Software Engineer

  • Quinn Tomlin

    Quinn Tomlin

    Media Relations Manager

  • Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes

    Web Publisher I

  • Heather Condren

    Heather Condren

    Senior Marketing Associate

  • Kyle Kuhn

    Kyle Kuhn


  • Anna Ma

    Anna Ma

    Software Developer

  • Brendan Gawlowski

    Brendan Gawlowski

    Managing Editor

  • Melissa Messer

    Melissa Messer

    Senior Marketing Associate

  • David Rubin

    David Rubin

    Marketing Manager

  • Chris Villaluz

    Chris Villaluz

    Software Developer

  • Valerie Bratt-Leal

    Valerie Bratt-Leal

    Content Manager

  • Katie Nelson

    Katie Nelson

    Content Manager

  • Nicole Likarish

    Nicole Likarish

    Associate Director, Content

  • Will Stern

    Will Stern

    Applications Developer

  • Jason Comes

    Jason Comes

    Front End Developer

  • Saul Maddox

    Saul Maddox

    Applications Developer

  • Dan Douglas

    Dan Douglas


  • Tim Fowkes

    Tim Fowkes

    Director UX/Creative

  • Ramzi Beshara

    Ramzi Beshara


  • Eric Rasch

    Eric Rasch

    Senior Director of Product Development

  • Erich Rahm

    Erich Rahm

    Full Stack JavaScript Engineer

  • Jonathan Edge

    Jonathan Edge

    Help Desk Analyst

  • Evan Kaufman

    Evan Kaufman

    Lead Applications Architect

  • Emily Maddox

    Emily Maddox

    Product Growth Manager

  • Kate Meyer

    Kate Meyer


  • Jen Germann

    Jen Germann

    Front End Developer

  • Chad Donohue

    Chad Donohue

    Sr. UX Engineer

  • Shilpa Shyam

    Shilpa Shyam

    Compliance Analyst

  • Michelle Tozzi

    Michelle Tozzi

    VP Client Services

  • TJ Quinn

    TJ Quinn

    Director of Client Services

  • Stephanie Oaks

    Stephanie Oaks


  • Eric Gilbert

    Eric Gilbert

    Accounting Manager

  • Kristina Liu

    Kristina Liu

    Director of FP&A

  • Pilar Sneider

    Pilar Sneider

    Administrative Assistant

  • Christina Valdez

    Christina Valdez

    Accountant & HR Coordinator


Apply today & change the education industry

  • Well-being at Work
  • Culture of Learning
  • Personal Time Off
  • Healthy Snack Options
  • Work-from-home Days
  • Offsites and Happy Hours
  • Houston

    801 Congress St. Suite 400 Houston, TX 77002

  • Seattle

    901 5th Avenue, Suite 3220 Seattle, WA 98164

  • Florida

    8201 Peters Rd., Suite 3400 Plantation, FL 33324

  • Iowa

    226 South Clinton Street Iowa City, IA 52245

  • Skilled Freelance Writer

    Higher Education provides prospective college students with rigorous, well-researched information about colleges and the collegiate experience, no matter their age or background.


    Higher Education provides prospective college students with rigorous, well-researched information about colleges and the collegiate experience, no matter their age or background.

    Are You:

    • A fact-minded, thorough researcher and a skilled, concise writer?
    • Capable of composing high-quality white papers, guides, blog posts, general web copy, and collegiate profiles on tight deadlines?
    • Excited to refine your craft by working with a talented and experienced editorial staff?

    If so, we want you on our team!

    What You Can Expect From Us

    • Above-average industry rates per word, with built-in opportunities to increase how much you can make over time.
    • A consistent stream of work.
    • Detailed project outlines and specifications that make it clear exactly how your final work should be structured.
    • A weekly payment cycle with fast invoicing turnaround.
    • Consistent feedback on your work designed to help you improve as a writer.
    • The ability to work on your own terms. As long as you meet our deadlines and have internet access, you can work from across the globe and at all hours of the day.
    • Transparent communication. You will always know where you stand and the quantity of upcoming work available to you.

    What We Expect From You

    • You must be able to write a minimum of 5,000 words per week (no exceptions).
    • You must be willing and able to follow instructions in a precise manner.
    • You must have at least two years of professional writing experience (in this case, professional means writing for which you received payment). While there are creative elements to the work that we do, our content is largely grounded in investigative research and factual information synthesis. We prefer individuals with freelance and journalistic backgrounds.
    • You must possess a demonstrable mastery of the English language, including proficiency in grammar, syntax, tone, and spelling.
    • You must have a Gmail account (or be able to make one).
    • You must have familiarity with Google Docs, AP style, basic HTML, and basic SEO writing best practices.

    How to Apply

    Using the subject line “Freelance Writer Application – [Your Full Name],” email the following materials to writersnetwork@highereducation.com as readable documents:

    • A resume that details your current and previous freelance writing experience;
    • two (2) writing samples that demonstrate your command of English and your ability to research and synthesize factual information (please limit samples to a maximum of 2,000 words); and
    • if you administer an online portfolio, blog, or a collection of other work that you feel accurately showcases your abilities as a writer, please include a link.

    If you qualify, Higher Education’s production team will contact you for additional screening including a paid, 20-30 minute online assessment to measure how well you may fit into our system. Even if you are not accepted as a writer into our network, you will receive payment for your time.

    Please be aware that due to the high volume of resumes Higher Education receives, we cannot respond to all applicants at this time.

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  • Houston

    801 Congress St. Suite 400 Houston, TX 77002

  • Seattle

    901 5th Avenue, Suite 3220 Seattle, WA 98164

  • Florida

    8201 Peters Rd., Suite 3400 Plantation, FL 33324

  • Iowa

    226 South Clinton Street Iowa City, IA 52245

Values & Culture Statement

We at Higher Education strive to create a professional and fun environment where people look forward to work. This is a place for collaboration, inspiration, and support. We continuously push ourselves to solve simple and complex issues as a way to advance Higher Education’s success, as well as our own professional learning.

  • Communication

    Transfer information and opinions openly

  • Respect

    Show admiration for teammates’ abilities and qualities

  • Accountabilty

    Take responsibility for actions and decisions

  • Continuous Improvement

    Solve problems gradually with each step building on the previous one

  • Collaboration

    Work together toward one common goal

  • Fun

    Contribute to a positive social and professional atmosphere