CQ Roll Call named Penn Hill Group Vice President Lindsay Fryer a Rising Star of 2017. CQ said Fryer is an advocate “who will wield power and influence in Washington.” CQ outlined Fryer’s professional background, including her time student teaching in Boston, to her studies at Harvard University, to her research at the American Institutes of Research, to her time on Capitol Hill. She began her work on Capitol Hill in then-House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline’s (R-MN) office, where she helped draft and negotiate various versions of the law now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). CQ added a quote from Chairman Kline, “it’s one thing to know policy, but then you have to work with people and get to a mutual understanding. To get major legislation passed, you have to make tradeoffs. [Fryer] had the ability to do that.” From there, she worked for Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), where she was a crucial contributor in getting ESSA passed and signed into law, which then-President Obama called a “Christmas miracle.”
CQ noted that Fryer “left government last September to become Vice President at Penn Hill Group, an education-lobbying firm” and has been working on higher education issues, among other issues, in light of the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which she does not expect to happen anytime soon. The full article can be found here.