Wesley Whistle

Wesley Whistle is a higher education policy professional based in Washington, DC. He works on a variety of higher education issues including affordability, student debt, quality, accountability, and access, all with a focus on equity. Additionally, Wesley is a PhD student at the University of Kentucky’s College of Education studying higher education policy. He is interested in the economics of higher education, student debt, stratification and inequity in higher education, the politics of higher education, and more. Wesley is a first-generation college graduate and former Pell Grant recipient.


Wesley currently works oh the higher education team at New America as the Senior Advisor for Policy & Strategy, primarily on federal higher educaton policy. Prior to his time at New America, he worked at Third Way’s education team. Outside of education, he has experience in state government working on a variety of issues including health care, social policy, and economic and workforce development.

Wesley and his work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fox News, The Hill, Forbes, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and more

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