PESC is a non-profit, membership-driven, standards-setting body for global education data comprised of data, software and education technology service providers; local, state/province and federal government agencies; schools, colleges and universities; college, university and state systems; commercial and non-profit organizations; and, national and international non-profit associations and foundations. PESC’s mission focuses on interoperability with goals and benefits of the mission enabling cost-effective connectivity between data systems which accelerates performance and service, simplification of research and data access, improvement of data quality along the education lifecycle and secure mobility of education data around the world.
The Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) is a primary partner of PESC as the missions and activities of both organizations are in harmony and both support interoperability. As the GDN looks to establish a global network of education stakeholders, PESC Approved Standards enable interoperable data exchange among those stakeholders.
Michael D. Sessa serves as president and chief executive officer of PESC, a position he's held since joining PESC in October of 2002. With a total staff of two, he promotes the organization and its mission nationally and internationally. Prior to PESC, Michael worked 10 years at American Student Assistance (ASA) as Director of Program Relations and Planning managing industry and government affairs and strategic technological initiatives. Under ASA and representing the National Association of Student Loan Administrators (NASLA), Michael served on the PESC Board of Directors from 1999 through 2002. He started his career in 1990 at The Boston Five Cents Savings Bank as retail consumer lending and compliance officer. Michael is a 1989 graduate of Dartmouth College and was born and raised in Revere, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. He currently resides in Washington DC where PESC is headquartered.