Staff & Advisors

Fred Dedrick

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

President and CEO

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202.223.8994 ext 1101

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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202-223-8994 ext1102

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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202.223.8994 ext 1004

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

Program Director

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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.

Pam Howze

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Program Director

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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.

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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202.223.8994 ext 1103

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. She works in close collaboration with the National Fund’s Communications Director in maintaining the National Fund's website, tracking and producing content for National Fund’s social media channels, and developing blogs on local and national activities. Megan also supports the National Fund’s CEO with foundation research and monitoring. Prior to joining the National Fund, Megan gained experience in marketing and development 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

Chief Administrative Officer

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202.223.8994 ext 1005

Elicia Wilson is the Chief Administrative 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 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.