As associate vice president at Jobs for the Future, Tom Hooper provides key operational, strategic, and programmatic support. Over the last six years he has served as program manager for a number of key discretionary grant initiatives including the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act High Growth and Emerging Industries grants, and the Community-Based Job Training initiative. His role has spanned program development, grant management and technical assistance, and evaluation and supervision of staff.
Before joining JFF, he developed new and shaped existing programs with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Mr. Hooper served as the Construction and Transportation Industry Lead for the Business Relations Group and as a program officer for the Senior Community Service Employment Programs. Prior to joining USDOL, he was a national workforce consultant for Goodwill Industries International. Mr. Hooper attended Swarthmore College where he earned a B.A. in political science with a concentration in public policy. He later went on to earn his master's of public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.