As Program Director at Jobs for the Future, Jennifer Freeman manages a multiyear effort to provide technical assistance to community colleges that are recipients of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) program, a major initiative of the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. Ms. Freeman has been involved throughout her career in efforts to help low-income and under-prepared adults obtain postsecondary credentials and self-sustaining jobs.
Prior to joining JFF, Ms. Freeman successfully oversaw the management of one of the TAACCCT grants, a $20 million project involving 15 Massachusetts community colleges and state, industry and community-based partners. From 1999 to 2011, she was principal of Freeman Consulting, where she developed strategic approaches to program design, organizational development, partnerships and sustainability for organizations in the nonprofit, government and philanthropic sectors. Working with JFF in a consulting role, she worked with local and national funders to develop two nationally known education and training initiatives from initial conception through effective implementation—Jobs to Careers and Boston’s SkillWorks initiative. Before her consulting work she served as vice president of a large multiservice organization in Boston serving low-income families. She also worked as a planner for the City of Boston and a legislative analyst for the Human Services Committee of the Massachusetts legislature. Ms. Freeman has a master of science in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a bachelor of science in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.