Jackson Nell serves on EAB’s Research Discovery & Design Team where he specializes in federal and state higher ed policy, university finances, and industry consolidation. Research studies led by Jackson involved institutional mergers and acquisitions, federal higher ed emergency relief measures (e.g., the CARES Act), business model transformation, foreign interference in US research, and industry partnerships. He regularly presents to and consults with institutional presidents, CFOs, and cabinets about federal policy and strategy.
Before joining EAB, Jackson worked in political market analysis and communications at the local, state, and federal levels. His enthusiasm for education stems from his interest in higher education’s longstanding collaboration with government and industry to support economic development and innovation.
Outside of work, Jackson can be found exploring D.C.’s many neighborhoods, following elections and political events around the globe, and attempting to read every article page on Wikipedia.
Jackson graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia and earned a B.A. in Government and History. His area of focus was on World War II, income inequality, and international communist political organizations and governments. Upon graduation, he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, one of UVA’s most prestigious recognitions.
Research and Insights
Learn about the major components of the American Rescue Plan affecting higher education institutions as well as guidance for leaders to consider when distributing relief funding.
Explore these takeaways that will help prepare you and other leaders to respond to stakeholder inquiries around potential M&A activity.
With so much at stake, education leaders want to know what to expect from the Federal Government over the next two years. To help leaders prepare for the Biden administration, EAB assessed the likeliness and impact of its potential higher education policy proposals below. Following this analysis, we also offered some advice for leaders to bear in mind across the coming weeks.