Mark Pelesh Joins USA Funds as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

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USA Funds Executive to Explore New Opportunities for Higher Education Service

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USA Funds® announces the appointment of Mark L. Pelesh as senior vice president, strategy and corporate development.

In that role, Pelesh, 59, will contribute to a review of USA Funds’ strategic direction to explore additional opportunities to serve higher education.

“USA Funds will benefit from Mark’s extensive experience in legal, regulatory and policy issues in education and his accomplished track record in expanding higher education access, completion and opportunities for the nation’s students,” said William D. “Bill” Hansen, USA Funds president and CEO.

Pelesh previously served for nearly 10 years as executive vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs for Corinthian Colleges Inc. Prior to joining Corinthian, Pelesh founded and led the education law practice of Drinker Biddle & Reath, a Washington, D.C., law firm. He also established the education law practice at another Washington law firm, Cohn and Marks, after beginning his legal career with the firm of Arnold & Porter.

Pelesh received his law degree from Yale Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance post-secondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. USA Funds provides grants to support initiatives that improve student access to and success in higher education, and serves colleges and universities with financial literacy programs for college students, debt management and default prevention consultation and support, training for financial aid administrators, and student aid policy compliance assistance. For more information, visit

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