Kyle Southern

Director, Accountability, The Institute for College Access & Success

Kyle Southern leads work on higher education accountability at TICAS, with the goal of strengthening protections for students against predatory practices and burdensome loan debt. He collaborates with other members of the TICAS team and with a broad set of organizational partners to advance this work.

Prior to joining TICAS, Kyle served as policy and advocacy director for higher education and workforce at Young Invincibles, a national organization that works to build the economic security of young adults. He previously worked in several policy and research roles for both K-12 and postsecondary advocacy groups based in Nashville, Tennessee. Kyle began his career in the DC area as an education specialist with a nonprofit research and analysis firm.

Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Kyle holds both a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Master’s in education policy from Vanderbilt University. He also completed the doctorate in higher education program at the University of Michigan, where his research focused on the influence of private philanthropic foundations on the undocumented student movement. He lives in Washington, DC.