Debbie Cochrane

Director-designate, California Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education (BPPE)

Debbie Cochrane is the newly appointed Chief of California’s Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, which protects students and consumers through the oversight of California’s private postsecondary educational institutions. Prior to her appointment, Cochrane was the executive vice president of The Institute for College Access & Success, focused on pursuing student-centered public policies that promote affordability, accountability, and equity in higher education, where she led the organization’s policy, research, and advocacy work on California and national issues.

Cochrane has served in research, direct service, and management roles within a variety of other nonprofit settings. She holds an MSW with a focus on social policy from San Francisco State University and a BA from the University of Michigan.