Dr. Ginger Gossman is the Senior Director of Innovation and Policy Development. She joined the staff of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in December 2011 and has served the agency in several roles since then. She began as the state coordinator for TXRAN, a state, regional, and local vertical alignment project. She then served as the Director of Planning and oversaw all reports on the THECB’s data site. Dr. Gossman was part of the core staff team that assisted in the development of the new strategic plan for higher education in Texas, 60x30TX, and has emerged as an expert this plan. She is especially versed in marketable skills goal, the goal designed to help graduates transition smoothly to the workforce and to careers. She has hosted two state-wide conference on this marketable skills goal, and is the primary author for guidelines to help Texas institutions achieve this goal. Dr. Gossman’s work in innovation is centered around helping Texas reach the goals of 60x30TX. The goals are ambitious, and the state cannot reach them by doing business as usual. She studied Anthropology and Sociology as an undergraduate student and earned an A.A. from Miami-Dade College, a B.A. from Florida International University, and an M.A. from the University of South Alabama in this field. She then completed a Ph.D. in Demography at The University of Texas at Austin. Gossman began her career in public health research at the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington. Her work in education began at the Austin Independent School District where she worked in research and evaluation.