Louis Soares is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, DC, based think tank, and a strategic consultant to public officials, college executives, and business leaders on issues related to higher education policy at the federal and state levels, post-traditional learner demographics, and technology-enhanced education models. His research at CAP includes community college reform, worker training, education and industry partnerships, career and education counseling, and technology-driven innovation in higher education. His consulting clients include the American Council on Education, Maricopa County Community College District, Regent University, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Soares was the founding director of the Postsecondary Education Program at the Center for American Progress. Over a six year period, he built its respected policy approach by applying novel analytical tools, including disruptive innovation, business model theory, and service performance analytics, to public policy challenges in higher education.
Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, Soares served in the administration of Rhode Island Governor, Donald L. Carcieri, where he managed Rhode Island's policy incentives for workforce training and created novel partnerships for adult postsecondary education with the state's colleges and Fortune 500 businesses, including FleetBoston, CVS, Bank of America, and Amgen.
Soares is a sought-after speaker and commentator on federal and state policy and a contributor to CNBC, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education. His papers, Disrupting College, coauthored with Clay Christensen, and Working Learners, laid out entirely new ways to frame the challenge of educating adult learners at scale, proposing radical changes to federal and state policies in postsecondary education. In November 2011, Soares was appointed by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to serve on the National Board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.
Soares holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in business economics from Brown University.