Staff & Advisors

Fred Dedrick

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

President and CEO

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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.

Kelly Aiken

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Vice President and CareerSTAT Director

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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.

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 producing National Fund publications, interacting with press and media, spreading effective practices across its network, 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.

Kelly Eigler

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Finance & Administrative Manager

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Kelly wrangles grant and financial data into understandable reports for management and funders alike.  She also oversees the daily accounting and financial transactions of the organization, works with budgets and spreadsheets and helps to maintain the fiscal health of the organization.   She enjoys organizing information so that the organization maintains its non-profit status with the IRS, is in good standing with its various state charitable registrations, and other administrative details that enable the program managers to work their magic out in the larger world.  She has over twenty years’ experience working with non-profits both as a staff person and consultant, and is a graduate of Wheaton College, MA. In her spare time, she is an avid birder, bicyclist, and hoarder of craft supplies.

Ana Hageage

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Retail Industry Director

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Rebecca Krueger

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Program Manager

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Rebecca Krueger is the Program Manager for the National Fund, and works closely with National Fund’s Vice President and CareerSTAT Director in expanding the CareerSTAT network while overseeing the development and implementation of new technical assistance initiatives for health care organizations. With more than 10 years of public health experience, Ms. Krueger is dedicated to improving health care systems and empowering people to lead healthier lives. Prior to joining the National Fund, Ms. Krueger worked in various health care roles in hospital settings and government organizations, such as Kaiser Permanente, the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), and the British Embassy in Washington D.C., supporting community health improvement programs. She earned her Bachelor’s in Social Relations and German Language from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Public Health from San Jose State University.

Mikaela Romero

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Program Assistant

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Mikaela Romero is Program Assistant 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.

Navjeet Singh

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer

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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.

Megan Traylor

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Communications and Development Assistant

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Megan Traylor is the Communications and Development Assistant for the National Fund, working in close collaboration with National Fund’s Communications Director in the maintenance of National Fund's website, tracking and producing content for National Fund’s social media presence, and developing blogs on local and national activities. Megan also supports National Fund’s CEO with foundation research and deadlines. Prior to joining the National Fund, Megan gained experience in supporting marketing and development goals at Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters. Additionally, she has interned as a Contributing Editor for Southern Pulse – Networked Intelligence, and has translated grant applications from Spanish and Indigenous variations to English. She earned her Bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of Mary Washington and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Spanish Language and Literature from George Mason University.

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. She currently serves on the Global Advisory Committee of (Re)Connecting Youthan initiative that aims 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.