Authors

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David E. Balducchi is a research and policy consultant specializing in unemployment insurance and employment programs. He is also principal investigator for IMPAQ International, Inc.

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Burt Barnow is Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and Economics at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University.

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Gokce Basbug is a doctoral student in the Institute for Work and Employment Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

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David S. Berman is the director of program management and policy at the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity.

 

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Amanda Cage is the director of strategic initiatives and policy at the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

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Joseph Carbone is president and chief executive officer of The WorkPlace, which is based out of Bridgeport, Conn.

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Anthony P. Carnevale is research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, a position he has held since the Center was created in 2008.

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Yvette Chocolaad is employment and training director at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies in Washington, D.C.

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Vickie Choitz is a senior policy analyst on the workforce development team at the Center for Law and Social Policy and director of the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways.

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Rheagan Coffey is a consultant with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, part of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


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Maureen Conway is a vice president of the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program.

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Stephen Crawford is a research professor at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy at George Washington University.

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Randall W. Eberts is president of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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Aaron R. Fichtner is the deputy commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He is currently chairing the Labor Market Information Committee of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

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Maria Flynn is senior vice president of Jobs for the Future where she guides the organization’s workforce development and adult education portfolio as well as its federal policy efforts.

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Thomas Gais is director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research center of the State University of New York. His recent research and writings have focused on American federalism, state and local implementation of national initiatives, and state spending on social programs.

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Mary Gatta is a senior scholar at Wider Opportunities for Women. Her expertise includes the integration of a gender lens into workforce development and other areas of economic policy analysis.

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Esther L. George is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee.

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Angela Gerace is senior assistant to the provost at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is also a doctoral student in educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.

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Rand Ghayad is an associate at the Brattle Group. He is a leading expert on questions related to job displacement, unemployment and financial markets. He is a former visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a consultant to the Brookings Institution.

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Larry Good is chair, cofounder, and senior policy fellow at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, a national nonprofit focused on transformative change in education, economic and workforce development.

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Gayle Hamilton is a senior fellow at MDRC where she has designed, implemented and directed large-scale evaluations and demonstrations of programs to improve the well-being of low-income populations.

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Andrew R. Hanson is a research analyst at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce at the McCourt School of Public Policy, where he conducts economic research on issues related to education and the workforce at the state and national level.

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Paul Harrington is professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Paul Harrington is professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Richard Hendra is a senior associate at MDRC. He is currently the principal investigator as well as design and impact lead for the WorkAdvance project, a four-site sector based training initiative being evaluated with a random assignment design.

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Nancy Hewat is a nationally recognized researcher and evaluator with more than 20 years of experience conducting multi-site, mixed-method research and evaluation projects. She recently founded Synthesis Evaluation & Research LLC.

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Richard Hobbie worked for National Association of State Workforce Agencies for 16 years and was executive director for 11 years until he retired in 2014. He was recently appointed a visiting scholar at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

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Kevin Hollenbeck is vice president, senior economist and director of publications at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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Harry J. Holzer is a professor of public policy at Georgetown University and an Institute Fellow at the American Institute for Research in Washington, D.C.

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Jim Jacobs is president of Macomb Community College in Michigan and has more than 40 years of experience in education.

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Elaine E. Katz is senior vice president of programs and communications at the Kessler Foundation. She is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive grant-making program for the foundation.

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David Kaz is director of policy at Seattle Jobs Initiative where he oversees the work of the agency’s innovation, policy and planning arm.

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Christopher King is a lecturer at the University of Texas’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a senior research scientist at the Ray Marshall Center, which he directed from 1991 to 2014.

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Deborah Kobes is a senior project manager with Jobs for the Future’s Building Economic Opportunity Group. She helps manage the organization’s work in the green economy, which includes providing technical assistance and coaching to workforce partnerships focused on new and incumbent workers in key industry sectors.

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Jason E. Lane is senior associate vice chancellor for and vice provost for academic affairs for the State University of New York. He is also an associate professor in the department of educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany and deputy director for research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.

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Nancy Latham is chief learning officer at Learning for Action. She is also the lead evaluator for the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative.

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Dennis P. Lockhart is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee.

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William Mabe is a faculty fellow in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is also the director of research and evaluation at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

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Lisa Montiel is assistant provost for strategic enrollment management at State University of New York System Administration.

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Thomas Norman is the director of workforce development for the state of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Katie Onachila Spiker manages Wider Opportunities for Women’s Women and Work projects, including the Opportunities for Women in Nontraditional Employment initiative.

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Brian Paulson is program officer at the Pohlad Family Foundation. He has more than 15 years of experience in the social sector, serving children and families living in poverty through direct practice, grantmaking, and developing and managing programs.

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Scott Powell is a researcher at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

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Heath J. Prince is a research scientist and the director of the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin.

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Michelle Rosin is a research consultant at the Institute for Work and Employment Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and cofounder of the Institute for Career Transitions.

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Alex Ruder is a researcher at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

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Laura Schultz is an assistant professor of nanoeconomics at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

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Geri Scott manages Jobs for the Future’s Pathways out of Poverty and GreenWays.

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Ofer Sharone is an assistant professor of work and organization studies at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Robert Sheets is a research professor at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy at George Washington University.

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Tara Smith is a research associate at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, part of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Tiffany Smith is the principal managing analyst for workforce research and analytics at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Whitney Smith is director of the Employment Program at the Joyce Foundation in 2005. To date, she has managed more than $50 million dollars in grant-investments to improve labor market outcomes of low-income, underprepared adults in the Great Lakes region.

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Nancy Snyder is president and chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Corporation, a statewide workforce development program serving Massachusetts.

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Shayne Spaulding is a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, where she focuses on the evaluation of workforce development and postsecondary education programs.

Nola Speiser is a state program administrator for the Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways Initiative.

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Ed Strong is a senior fellow at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce , a national nonprofit focused on transformative change in education, economic and workforce development. 

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Lauren Sugerman directs Wider Opportunities for Women’s nontraditional occupations programs and contributes to the organization’s workforce advocacy initiatives.

Matt Unrath oversees Wider Opportunities for Women’s national projects and serves as the principal contact for the organization’s state and local partners across the country.

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Alex Vasquez is a doctoral student of sociology at Brandeis University and a researcher with the Institute for Career Transitions. She is also the cofounder of Lilipod.

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Mary Sue Vickers is director of the Plus 50 Initiative for the American Association of Community Colleges, where she is responsible for developing and implementing the degree and certificate completion strategy for adults older than age 50 at community colleges.

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Alan Wagner is a professor in the department of educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.

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Stephen A. Wandner is a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute and a visiting scholar at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Until 2010 he was senior policy analyst, research director, and office director at U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

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Alexandra Waugh co-manages Jobs for the Future projects focused on helping low-income adults train for and succeed in jobs with career advancement potential.

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Elizabeth Weigensberg is a senior researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and serves as the Coordinator of CWICstats Chicago Workforce Research and Data Initiative.

Editors

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Tammy Edwards is vice president of Public and Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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Todd Greene is vice president of Economic and Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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Carl Van Horn is a distinguished professor of public policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.