Vince Sampson is a special counsel in Cooley’s Higher Education group and Government Analytics practice and is resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Sampson focuses on assisting clients predict, navigate, and understand the increasingly complex involvement of federal agencies and Congress in the regulation of education, technology, life sciences and communications industries.
Most recently, Mr. Sampson was President of the Education Finance Council – the trade association representing nonprofit and state agency student finance organizations. He served as the organization’s chief representative on Capitol Hill, with the federal government, and within the higher education community, working to advance EFC’s goal of increasing accessibility and affordability for post-secondary education.
Prior to joining EFC, Mr. Sampson served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy Planning and Innovation (PPI) in the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Post-secondary Education. He also served in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs, where he was Senior Counselor with responsibility for oversight matters. Mr. Sampson joined the Department of Education in 2007 after serving as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. Preceding his Hill experience, he worked in various capacities in the private sector, including as Vice President for Public Affairs at the Association for Competitive Technology.
Mr. Sampson holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.