September 2020

Presenter

Dr. Wil Del Pilar headshotWil Del Pilar, PhD

Wil Del Pilar, Ph.D., serves as Ed Trust’s vice president of higher education policy and practice. In this role, Wil spearheads Ed Trust’s mission to highlight inequities and outline solutions in order to improve access, success, affordability, and completion in higher education for low-income students and students of color.

Prior to joining Ed Trust, Wil served in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration as deputy secretary of postsecondary and higher education, where he developed and implemented the state’s strategic vision for higher education. Before joining Governor Wolf’s team, Wil had experience in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, working as an executive assistant in the state’s higher education office. In this role, he managed an array of services for the state, including the College Access Challenge Grant and the Pennsylvania Information Management System.

Aside from working for Pennsylvania’s Department of Education in higher education policy roles, Wil has held senior development positions, as the director of development at Pennsylvania State University and at the University of Florida’s Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. In both positions, he fought to secure funding to support access and success initiatives for historically underrepresented students.

In addition to his policy and development experience, Wil has a wealth of institutional experience, working in admissions at Chapman University in Orange, California, and the University of California Santa Cruz, as a financial aid counselor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and as a research assistant at Penn State.

Wil holds a doctorate in higher education/higher education administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from California State University- Dominguez Hills, and a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University.

Most Recent Meetings

December 2023

Interior slide from December's keynote presentation "Developing a Strong Teacher Workforce to Achieve Positive Learning Outcomes for all Students."
Learn more about our December presenter, Dr. DaShaunda Patterson and her presentation “Developing a Strong Teacher Workforce to Achieve Positive Learning Outcomes for all Students.”

September 2023

Cover page of Mildred Boveda's presendation 'Collaborating Across Differences: Elevating Intersectional Consciousness to Improve Outcomes for All Students'
Learn more about our September presenter, Dr. Mildred Boveda and her presentation “Collaborating Across Differences: Elevating Intersectional Consciousness to Improve Outcomes for all Students.”

June 2023

Andy Hargreaves introductory slide for his June 2023 presentation to the Deans Compact
Learn about June’s keynote speaker, Dr. Andy Hargreaves and his presentation “Collaborative Professionalism Across the P20 Continuum.”