Alexandra Waugh is a senior program manager with Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy team, which works to improve student success by helping states and their community colleges dramatically increase the number of students who complete college and earn credentials with high value in the labor market. In this role, she manages project planning and execution across the team’s initiatives, leads policy research, and assists with the delivery of in-state technical assistance.
Much of Ms. Waugh’s work at JFF has focused on identifying and expanding institutional and state policies that support underprepared learners to achieve postsecondary success. For Accelerating Opportunity, a national initiative to redesign community college-delivered Adult Basic Education programs and policies to substantially increase the number of adults who simultaneously can earn a GED and a credential with labor market value, Ms. Waugh co-designed the Braided Funding Toolkit. The Toolkit provides states and community colleges with resources to identify the major federal and state funding streams that may be available to support integrated pathways that combine basic skills delivery with career and technical instruction to accelerate underprepared students to the completion of a credential. Currently, Ms. Waugh is providing technical assistance and policy support to four states that are implementing a policy framework designed to advance STEM-focused community college pathways to middle skill STEM careers.
Before coming to JFF, she helped conduct a five-year research project at Simmons College on disabled youths’ transitions into adulthood. She has also served under Massachusetts State Senator Cynthia Creem as a Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fellow. Ms. Waugh has a master’s of public policy from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s in sociology from Simmons College.
Adult Basic Education, Career Pathways, Credentials, Green Skills, Literacy, Workforce Partnership