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Project

Student Borrower Success

Brian Denten

Senior Associate

Brian Denten is a senior associate with Pew’s project on student borrower success, focusing on student loan repayment and servicing policies. He previously worked on Pew’s financial security and mobility team.

Before joining Pew, he interned with the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.

Denten holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in public administration from American University.

Jon Remedios

Senior Associate

Jon Remedios works on Pew’s project on student borrower success, focusing on student loan repayment and servicing policies. He previously worked in Pew’s government relations department, supporting the family economic security portfolio as well as the public safety performance project. 

Before joining Pew, Remedios interned in the U.S. Senate and worked for the Duke University men’s basketball program. 

Remedios holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Duke University with a minor in religious studies. 

Lexi West

Senior Associate

Lexi West is a senior associate with Pew’s project on student borrower success, focusing on student loan repayment research. She previously worked on Pew’s student loan research team. 

Before joining Pew, West was a research analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, working on higher education finance and student loan servicing. She also held fellowships with the Podesta Group and Delaware General Assembly. 

West holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Delaware. 

Spencer Orenstein

Principal Associate

Spencer Orenstein is a principal associate with Pew’s project on student borrower success, helping to design and advocate for federal policy solutions to improve the student loan repayment system. He previously worked in Pew’s government relations department, supporting Pew’s family economic security portfolio.

Before coming to Pew, he was a legislative director, legislative assistant, legislative correspondent, and staff assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Orenstein holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida.