Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Joan Marshall

Executive Director, College Savings Plans of Maryland


Joan Marshall is the Executive Director of the College Savings Plans of Maryland, an independent Maryland state agency. Since 1998 she has led growth in the state′s 529 college savings plans to help families prepare for college costs and reduce reliance on student debt. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust has grown from 1,100 participants to more than 27,000 participants. In 2001, Marshall also led the development and launch of the Maryland College Investment Plan, which now has more than $1.8 billion in invested assets for approximately 115,000 beneficiaries. Together, invested assets in the two plans exceed $2.3 billion. Marshall is currently the chair of the College Savings Plans Network, an affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers that includes public- and private-sector members who administer 529 plans nationwide. She holds a bachelor′s degree from Drew University and a master′s degree from The College of New Jersey.


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