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Ana Hageage is a Program Director for the National Fund where she is focused on generating improved career opportunities for frontline retail workers and supporting the development of employer-led, retail industry partnerships. Ms. Hageage is a workforce development professional with over a decade of experience working across the local and national spectrum. Prior to the National Fund, she served as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor. There, she was responsible for rolling out the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and was intimately involved in crafting technical assistance and guidance aimed at engaging diverse populations in the public workforce system.
Ms. Hageage has also served in various capacities at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) based in Washington D.C., leading the organization’s Workforce Investment Department which incorporated adult basic education, job readiness training, sector-focused certifications, employment and wrap-around services to opportunity youth in the District. In her role as LAYC’s Director of External Partnerships and Special Projects she managed the organization’s advocacy efforts, and partnerships with local and national corporate partners.
Before joining LAYC, Ms. Hageage managed the Escalera Program, a national college bridge program, at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). She worked closely with corporate foundations to develop, implement, and monitor grants for national affiliates, developed a data collection system and authored a publication on the Program’s promising practices and policy recommendations.
Ms. Hageage holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland and resides in Washington, D.C.