Mark Huelsman joined Demos in 2014 as a Senior Policy Analyst and currently serves as the Associate Director of Policy and Research. In his role, he helps shape a policy and research agenda that seeks to address structural economic exclusion and advance bold democracy reforms. He also leads the organization’s policy work on college affordability, student debt, and racial equity in higher education.  

Mark is a nationally-recognized expert on college affordability and debt, and his writing has appeared in CNN, The Washington Post, Slate, The Nation, The Guardian, The New Republic, Salon, Inside Higher Ed, The Hill, The American Prospect, and U.S. News and World Report. He and his work have been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch, The Guardian, and more, and he has appeared on Fox News, Al Jazeera, and C-SPAN. In 2016, he was named to the Politico 50,Politico Magazine’s guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics, for his role in sparking a national policy conversation around debt-free college.

Prior to Demos, Mark worked as a research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a policy analyst at New America, and a legislative assistant at the Brookings Institution. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.