Jeff Whorley was in first grade when he decided he wanted to run for Congress, and in 1994, after being the chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon for seven years he did just that. “I won a primary that I wasn’t supposed to win and lost a general election that I was supposed to win,” he says. That campaign experience at age 33 and his earlier experience leading a congressional staff in his 20s helped shape his approach to team success. His collaborative approach serves him well at Navient, where he oversees loan operations, servicing, guarantor servicing and loan portfolio acquisitions, as well as new business opportunities that combine and leverage these core capabilities. He joined the company in 2015. Jeff grew up on the same family cattle farm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Jeff also worked on political campaigns as a teenager, during college and after he graduated from University of the South, Sewanee. In late 1984, he headed to Washington, D.C. to work for Rep. Gordon. While in D.C., Jeff became especially interested in the higher education policy and after his own bid for Congress, he joined USA Group, the nation’s largest student loan guarantor. He was senior vice president there before joining Sallie Mae in 2000 as part of its acquisition of USA Group. After his Sallie Mae years, Jeff leveraged financial aid data to help colleges and universities provide families with personalized information about net cost of tuition. Later, he founded a firm that used technology to help colleges improve class attendance rates, a critical factor for on-time graduation.
Jeff earned an MBA from the University of Indianapolis