Staff & Advisors

Fred Dedrick

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

President and CEO

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202.223.8994 ext 127

Fred Dedrick is the president and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the National Fund to strengthen communities, develop employer leaders, promote workforce innovations, and generate good jobs. Mr. Dedrick joined the National Fund at Jobs for the Future as its first executive director in March of 2010. Mr. Dedrick became the National Fund’s first president and CEO in 2016. Mr. Dedrick has more than 30 years of experience in addressing communities’economic and workforce needs, including improving workforce development through partnerships. Most recently, he served as Pennsylvania's deputy secretary for Workforce Development, overseeing roughly $150 million in federal and state workforce funding. He also served on the executive committee of JOIN, Philadelphia's regional collaborative supported by the National Fund. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Mr. Dedrick was the executive director of Pennsylvania's statewide Workforce Investment Board, developing recommendations for Governor Ed Rendall regarding workforce policy and strategy. He has also held various leadership roles statewide and in Philadelphia that involved attracting new businesses, developing industry-specific education programs, and engaging in other workforce-related activities. Mr. Dedrick earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and his master's in public administration from Princeton University. He currently serves on the leadership council of the National Skills Coalition and the Department of Commerce's Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Navjeet Singh

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer

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202.223.8994 ext 118

Navjeet Singh is the Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and is responsible for managing the organization’s finances and financial reporting, leading its evaluation and learning activities, and assisting the president and CEO in all other activities. Mr. Singh has more than 25 years of experience in workforce and economic development as well as the technology sector. Most recently he served as vice president at Commonwealth Corporation where he lead its Applied Research and Evaluation team, which researches trends in education and workforce and measures the success of related programs. He also worked on projects such as evaluation of sector partnerships, analysis of labor supply and demand, and studies of the health care and manufacturing workforce. Mr. Singh has also served on the staff of the Southeastern Massachusetts Partnership, an innovative economic development partnership of a university and five cities. He holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, a master of business administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and a master's from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Navjeet serves on the research advisory board of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank's New England Public Policy Center, the board of directors of English for New Bostonians, and the board of directors of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which is the oldest Sikh-American civil and educational rights organization.

Kelly Aiken

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Vice President and CareerSTAT Director

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202-223-8994 ext 119

Kelly Aiken is Vice President of the National Fund and the Director of its CareerSTAT Initiative. Ms. Aiken is responsible for operating CareerSTAT, which is a network of health care leaders investing in the skills and careers of frontline workers, and supporting National Fund staff and partners in aligning CareerSTAT with the National Fund’s job quality efforts and advancing the National Fund’s mission to promoting employer leadership, workforce innovation, and better jobs. As a workforce development leader, Ms. Aiken has over 20 years of experience building and sustaining multi-sector partnerships focused on providing low wage workers access to career pathways and family-sustaining jobs. Prior to joining the National Fund, Kelly served as Director of Labor and Workforce Development at the Massachusetts Senior Care Association where she helped develop the employer-led Quality Jobs for Quality Care Initiative to give nursing home workers a pathway to a living wage. From 2006 to 2014, Kelly served as Director of Healthcare Workforce Initiatives at the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County in Springfield, MA. Kelly earned a Master degree’s in education and community development from the University of California Davis and a Bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Elicia Wilson

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Program and Operations Director

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Elicia Wilson is the Program and Operations Director for the National Fund and is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the administrative systems necessary for achieving the National Fund’s mission and overseeing the implementation of National Fund programs. With legal and nonprofit experience, Ms. Wilson previously served as a research assistant and law clerk for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a national nonprofit that helps unaccompanied children navigate the U.S. immigration system. She has also worked for several public and private law offices and volunteered at City Life, a Boston grassroots group that promotes socioeconomic equality. Ms. Wilson earned a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor's degree in business administration from Bryant University.

Jacob Clark

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Communications Director

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Jacob Clark is the Communications Director for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and is responsible for managing the National Fund’s external and internal communications strategies including interacting with press and media, operating various social media platforms, and maintaining the National Fund’s website. Prior to joining the National Fund, Mr. Clark was the Director of Communications for Common Sense Action, a national millennial political advocacy group, where he conducted press relations, network outreach, partner engagement, and developed a communications and stakeholder strategy for a national voter registration drive. Mr. Clark has held former communication roles with the Bipartisan Policy Center, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Jobs for the Future. Mr. Clark holds of Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University.