James Kvaal, Key Player in Obama Proposals, Has Long Pushed for Reforms

James Kvaal, Key Player in Obama Proposals, Has Long Pushed for Reforms 1

New America Foundation

James Kvaal, deputy director of the White House's Domestic Policy Council, "spends a tremendous amount of time listening to other people and trying to discern areas of agreement," says a former colleague.

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New America Foundation

James Kvaal, deputy director of the White House's Domestic Policy Council, "spends a tremendous amount of time listening to other people and trying to discern areas of agreement," says a former colleague.

The sweeping college-affordability proposals President Obama unveiled last week bear the imprint of many people and foundations that have been working for years to hold colleges accountable for escalating costs and stubbornly low completion rates.

One notable figure among them is James R. Kvaal, the 39-year-old deputy director