Stephen Lynch serves as a program director in JFF’s Building Economic Opportunity Group (BEOG) helping to advance a number of initiatives focused on promoting skills training for America’s low- and mid-skilled workers—and preparing these workers to succeed in traditional and emerging sectors of the U.S. economy. He leads a team of coaches that provides programmatic technical assistance to grantees of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund. He also serves as BEOG’s operations manager. Mr. Lynch’s career spans law, workforce development, finance, education, and public service. Before joining JFF, he served as a workforce program specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, providing guidance and oversight to grantee states. Prior to DOL, Mr. Lynch worked as an educator and union president in secondary education. He previously served as contracts/grants manager, forming policies and partnerships, and providing training and financial oversight on behalf of a local Workforce Investment Area in Washington State. He also has experience in financial advising, employment law, and immigration law. Mr. Lynch has a JD from Lewis & Clark College Law School in Portland, OR, and a Bachelor’s in political science from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.