Founder & CEO
With more scars than he cares to count from fighting the good higher ed reform fight, Rick O’Donnell is a tireless entrepreneur and civil servant who has founded multiple social and for-profit ventures rooted in making American lives better. His most recent start-up, College Portfolio, was acquired by... a bootcamp.
Prior to founding Skills Fund, O’Donnell was Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, where he served as the state’s chief consumer protection official with direct oversight of the Financial Services, Securities, Banking, Insurance, and Public Utilities Commissioners. Rick also led the Colorado Department of Higher Education, overseeing all 29 public colleges and universities, the regulation of private and occupational schools, the state’s student loan servicing agency, and the state’s college savings plan administrator. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Education’s advisory counsel (NACIQI) that oversees all college accrediting agencies.