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Student Loan Research

Phillip Oliff 

Senior Manager

Phillip Oliff leads Pew’s work exploring the fiscal and policy relationships between the federal and state governments including how federal budget and tax changes could affect states and the role that federal and state finances play in higher education and surface transportation. Oliff also manages a team of researcher studying potential solutions for student loan defaults and veterans’ higher education debt.

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Ama Takyi-Laryea


Ama Takyi-Laryea is an officer for Pew’s student loan research project and the team’s research methodologist with more than 15 years’ experience in research, monitoring, and evaluation. In her previous position at ICF International Inc., she led teams on evaluation projects in multiple locations for the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant programs. Takyi-Laryea holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from Hood College and a master’s degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland, College Park.