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Elizabeth Brandes

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

As vice president of marketing and communications, Elizabeth Brandes oversees branding, strategic marketing, and communications efforts for CAEL. Brandes joined CAEL in 2018 with nearly 20 years of experience in collaborative marketing and communications, strategy development, and program management in higher education finance. She enjoys engaging in the creative development of programs designed to improve access and success for consumers of postsecondary education.

Most recently, Brandes served as vice president of marketing for Student Connections. Previously, she held leadership positions at Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds), Sallie Mae, Sallie Mae UK, JPMorgan Chase, Bank One, and Southwest Student Services Corporation. She and her teams supported $3B in education lending at Bank One and $6B at JPMorgan Chase, and she was a member of the founding team for Sallie Mae International, Sallie Mae’s UK-based international education lending arm. Brandes interned in the German parliament with Rainer Eppelmann, Minister for Disarmament and Defense in the last cabinet of the GDR, and she is a 2015 graduate of the Indiana Leadership Forum. She served as longtime chair of the Music Academy Board of Directors at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) and currently serves on the board for the Pre-College and Adult Music Program at the University of Indianapolis.

Brandes earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in German and French from Indiana University and she holds a master’s degree in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Illinois.



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