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Project

Student Borrower Success

Sarah Sattelmeyer

Manager

Sarah Sattelmeyer manages Pew’s student borrower success project, including overseeing research, advocacy, communications, and outreach. Previously, she served on Pew’s financial security and mobility project and on Pew’s economic mobility project.

Before joining Pew, Sattelmeyer was a fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. She also worked for the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Urban Institute, the California Department of Health Care Services, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sattelmeyer holds bachelor’s degrees in English and biology from the University of Georgia and master’s degrees in public policy and public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

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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.

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.  

Rich Williams

Officer

Rich Williams is an officer with Pew’s project on student borrower success, specializing in evidence-based research, policy development, and advocacy. The initiative promotes successful repayment of student loans, especially among borrowers at greatest risk for delinquency and default. 

Before joining Pew, he led projects on student loan financing and repayment for the Office for Students and Young Consumers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was previously the senior higher education policy adviser for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Williams is a first-generation college student who attended Coconino Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Northern Arizona University.