Stephanie Malia Krauss is director of special projects at Jobs for the Future. She develops, shapes, funds, and manages cross-team and cross-strategy projects that further Jobs for the Future’s ability to best serve its target populations, ensuring their education and economic advancement.
Previously, Ms. Krauss served as a senior fellow with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, the Forum for Youth Investment and Jobs for the Future. As a senior fellow, she took on various national and state-level initiatives focusing on postsecondary credentialing, competency-based education, youth readiness, and opportunity youth. She has served as campaign director of Connecting Credentials, and co-director of The Readiness Project. In addition, Ms. Krauss founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Shearwater Education Foundation, where she successfully pushed for state policy change and the cultivation of partnerships to enable competency-based education and flexible learning opportunities for St. Louis City's disconnected youth, including those in foster care, coming out of the justice system, or experiencing homelessness.
Ms. Krauss has been a guest commentator on PBS NewsHour, StoryCorps, and public radio. She holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University and a Master in Social Work in social and economic development of youth from Washington University in St. Louis. One of the youngest-ever recruits to Teach For America, Ms. Krauss began her career as a fifth grade teacher, at age 18, servicing a mostly Latino migrant community in Phoenix, Arizona. While teaching, she spent her summers training teachers in rural and impoverished communities in East Africa.