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's degree 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.
Lisa Chensvold is Marketing and Communications Director at the National Fund, where she brings 15 years of experience delivering and leading strategic communications for organizations that discover, inspire, and tackle the world’s toughest challenges. After starting as an independent writer and editor, she cultivated and refined a broad range of communications skills at the University of North Carolina’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, where she eventually headed internal and external communications for this world-class research and clinical care enterprise. In 2011–2012, Ms. Chensvold was a leader in public relations efforts around a landmark HIV prevention study that was featured on the cover of The Economist and named “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science magazine. In 2014, she relocated to Washington, DC, where she directed communications for IESC, a global nonprofit dedicated to private sector solutions to inclusive economic development. An advocate for clear communications, Ms. Chensvold is currently involved with the Center for Plain Language. She is also a classically trained soprano and active musician. She holds an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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.
Joshua Enoch serves as Communications Associate for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. He works in close collaboration with the Communications Director to assist in developing communications strategies and create content for the National Fund's communications efforts. Furthermore, Josh works in coordination with other National Fund team members to assist in additional tasks surrounding communications related to grant reporting, proposal development, research, and events held throughout the year. Prior to joining the National Fund, Josh served as Director of Operations, Senior Associate at Control Point Group, a political consulting firm, where he oversaw the crafting of strategic direction and communications programs for elected officials, candidates for office, and issue advocacy groups. Josh earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Maryland.
Program Director, Retail and Support Collaboratives
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.
Dr. Pamela Howze leads the National Funds' efforts to expand apprenticeship and work-based learning.
Prior to joining the National Fund, she was the statewide director of Apprenticeship, Business and Veterans Services for the North Carolina Department of Commerce/NC-Works. Prior to that she worked in private industry for both Siemens and Merck as a Chief Learning Officer focusing on Workforce Development and Apprenticeships for five years. She has taught in both the North Carolina and South Carolina Community College systems for more than 20 years. She began her career as a U.S. Army Officer and served for seven years both on active duty and in the S.C. National Guard.
She earned a B.S. degree from Western Carolina University and an M.S. degree from Troy State University. She was awarded a Doctorate of Education in Adult and Community College Education in August 2015 by North Carolina State University for her research in career technical education and apprenticeship publishing a phenomenology study on Youth Apprenticeships.
Andrea Kippur serves as the Development Director for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She works in close collaboration with Program Directors, senior leadership, and the board to raise funds for the organization and its partner sites. Prior to joining the National Fund, Andrea worked with a variety of organizations in the DMV including the Capital Area Food Bank, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Playworks. Starting as a political canvasser with the Human Rights Campaign, Andrea has 10+ years of fundraising experience working to build financial resources for progressive organizations. Andrea earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics at Occidental College and a Multidisciplinary Business Studies Certificate from Georgetown University’s Continuing Education Program.
Melissa Kleder is a Program Manager with the National Fund and oversees the implementation of the Healthcare Workforce Development Academy—a technical assistance initiative to help healthcare organizations implement and scale programs that develop their frontline workers. Prior to joining the National Fund, she provided technical assistance and operational support to a diverse network of safety-net sexual and reproductive health organizations at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. In 2007, Melissa relocated to the DC metro area where she fine-tuned a range of skills including project management, community outreach and education, and legislative advocacy with NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland. After receiving a B.A. from The Ohio State University, Melissa began her career providing counseling and case management support at two Cleveland-area abortion care providers and a domestic violence center. After several years in direct service, she traveled to the United Kingdom to earn an M.A. in Gender, Culture, & Society from the University of Essex.
Bryan Lindsley leads the National Fund’s efforts related to systems change. Prior to joining the National Fund, he was executive director of the Minneapolis Saint Paul Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin), a funder collaborative and National Fund site. Bryan has been the executive director of Minnesota’s state workforce development board, a policy analyst, employment counselor, and research consultant. He has studied race, apartheid, and nation-building in southern Africa, and the economics of fair trade coffee in Guatemala. Bryan has a bachelor’s degree in social justice from St. Olaf College and a master’s of public policy with a concentration in community and economic development from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He is an alumnus of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.
Kanny Morgan is a Program Associate at the National Fund where she works closely with Program Directors to support various initiatives and with the Chief Learning Officer to support evaluation and learning activities. Prior to joining the National Fund, Kanny gained experience working in workforce development and public policy, both at the local and national level, as a research intern with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and as a Project Coordinator with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and Workforce Investment Board. Kanny earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mikaela Romero is Program Associate at the National Fund. She works in close collaboration and coordination with National Fund staff to support the organization’s various programs and operations. Prior to joining the National Fund, Mikaela gained experience in public policy advocacy and equitable economic development as both an intern at Women’s Action for New Directions, and program officer at the Elliott School’s Global Gender Program. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics at the University of California Santa Cruz, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Nita Sharma is the Administrative Assistant at the National Fund. She works closely with all staff of the National Fund to support its mission and implementation of programs. Before joining the National Fund, Nita worked for the District Government Department of Health as the Program Support Specialist with the Cancer & Chronic Disease Bureau.
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.
Janice Urbanik is Senior Director for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She leverages her past experience as the Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce in Cincinnati to help other National Fund sites achieve their full potential. Janice also facilitates the Employer Roundtable of the Cincinnati Child Poverty Collaborative where employers learn from other employers about the policies and practices they can implement to improve recruiting, retention and advancement while also building competitive advantage in their industry. Janice and her work teams have been recognized nationally for their work in assisting under-represented populations attain and retain employment in growing industry sectors in the region.
Elicia Wilson is the Chief Operating Officer 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. She currently serves on the Global Advisory Committee of (Re)Connecting Youth, an initiative thataims to foster learning and energize support for holistic solutions that provide the millions of youth in the country that are not in school or work with opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives.
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.
Michelle Wilson, Ed.D., is the Director of Evaluation and Impact Assessment. Dr. Wilson has worked in a variety of settings focusing on issues of access and equity in health and educational settings. She has spent over 18 years conducting community-level research, evaluation, and program development and specializes in research and evaluation design and implementation in complex and challenging settings. Dr. Wilson earned a doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University, a Masters in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from North Carolina A&T State University.
For over 40 years, Steven Dawson has worked with low-income workers to create better jobs. Steven was the founding director of the ICA Group in Boston for ten years during the 1980s, and for more than 20 years, he was the founding president of PHI, the affiliate of the 2200-employee, Bronx-based Cooperative Home Care Associates—the largest worker cooperative in the United States. With the Aspen Institute, Steven co-authored the first national publications introducing the concept of sectoral employment strategies.
Steven’s expertise includes: sectoral employment strategies, social enterprise/worker cooperative strategies, for-profit job-quality initiatives, long-term care workforce initiatives, and nonprofit organizational strategy/management.
Arlene Koth, Founder and President of OPC Consulting, has 20 years of experience in human resource management and organizational planning. She uses her HR expertise, non-profit experience, and executive leadership experience to create HR strategies that connect organizations, people, and communities to eliminate employment barriers that keep people in poverty.
In her last role, she was the VP of administration and HR at TriVersity Construction. She planned, developed, implemented and administered the talent management strategy, led the corporate operations, and was the corporate secretary.
Prior to TriVersity, Koth was the executive vice president and COO for Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI). She created and implemented the operational infrastructure, and oversaw DCI’s contractual agreements and operating budget.
Koth received her B.A. in communications from the Union Institute and University and is certified as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP). She has received several awards and recognition for her professional and community achievements and serves in leadership roles on a variety of nonprofit boards.
Loh-Sze Leung, based in Dallas, TX, provides program development, research, and strategic planning services to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations around the country with a focus on workforce development. In addition to work for the National Fund, she provides technical assistance to grantees of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s MOVE UP initiative and is co-director of Workforce Matters, a national philanthropic affinity group. She is the primary author of the North Texas Aerospace and Aviation Talent Pipeline Study (2017); Strengthening Dallas-Fort Worth (2015), a report on middle-skill gaps and opportunities and co-author of the Sustainability GuideforWorkforce Funder Collaboratives (2016). From 2005-2014, Loh-Sze was the executive director of SkillWorks, the National Fund workforce funder collaborative in Boston. Prior to SkillWorks, she was assistant executive director of the Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement. Learn more about Loh-Sze’s work at www.lohszeleung.com.
Kate O'Sullivan is an independent consultant who helps organizations develop, deliver, support, assess, and improve workforce development programs. She has over 20 years of experience in connecting youth and adults to employment and education. Her clients have included private funders, public agencies, researchers, and national and local networks. She has worked with the National Fund since 2014 and has served as a coach to numerous Collaboratives. She is assisting the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative (GWWDC) in developing IT and healthcare sector partnerships. She helped lead the National Fund's Young Adult Initiative, building a learning community of nearly 20 Collaboratives. She co-authored the National Fund publication Connecting Young Adults to Skills and Jobs. Previously, as the manager of a GWWDC effort helping hospitals cultivate career pathways for frontline workers, she contributed to the development of CareerSTAT.
Steve Quimby has been consulting with the National Fund since 2010. He has provided technical assistance to collaboratives including strategic planning support, business engagement, program evaluation, labor market research, and grant writing. A former Director of Planning and Policy Research for the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, Mr. Quimby has worked with collaboratives to partner more effectively with the public Workforce Investment system. He has worked with a broad range of industries including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, IT, aviation, transportation and logistics, and financial services. Mr. Quimby has a Ph. D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. His dissertation examined the impact of regional governance structures on economic growth and equity.
Don Spangler is an independent consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in policy development and program implementation for low-income youth and young adults. Currently, he serves as Policy Advisor with the National Youth Employment Coalition, as a coach on young adult programming for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and as a long-term policy consultant with the Philadelphia Youth Network, the city’s youth workforce intermediary. Spangler has also supported the work of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Lenfest Foundation and served as Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.