Jobs for the Future (JFF) is proud to announce that JFF Associate Vice President Michael Collins and Associate Director Mamadou Ndiaye have been named Aspen Ideas Festival 2016 Scholars. Michael and Mamadou are part of a diverse group of 300 leaders from across the U.S. and 30 countries “selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.” The scholars were nominated by senior members of the Aspen Institute’s staff, Festival advisors, past scholars and many others within the Institute’s broad network. Congratulations to Michael and Mamadou!
Michael Collins leads Jobs for the Future's Postsecondary State Policy team. He develops and advocates for state policies on behalf of national initiatives, such as Achieving the Dream, Completion by Design, and the Student Success Center initiative. A policy researcher, analyst, writer, and strategy consultant, Mr. Collins helps states to develop and implement public policies designed to increase the number of low-income and minority students who successfully transition from high school into college, persist, and earn credentials and degrees. Michael blogs frequently for JFF.
Mamadou Ndiaye is an associate director on Jobs for the Future's Back on Track team. He helps design, document, codify, and scale Back on Track programs aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of pathways to postsecondary credential attainment and jobs for older youth who have left school without a credential or who have obtained a diploma or GED but are not "college ready.” His work spans districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries and community colleges—all identified as key scale sectors for Back on Track designs. Read Mamadou's JFF blogs.