Policy & Advocacy


Policy Team


Policy at Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future’s policy team is tracking, analyzing, and providing input into many fast-moving items in Washington, DC, right now. JFF's policy experts also work to provide policy insights to federal and state policymakers that encourage the expansion of proven practices and support innovation in secondary, postsecondary, and workforce pathways.

Recent Publications

Building Pathways to Credential, Careers and Economic Mobility: Recommendations for the Trump Administration


The Policy Team

• Mary Gardner Clagett, Director, National Workforce Policy, mclagett@jff.org
• Lexi Barrett, Director, National Education Policy, lbarrett@jff.org,
• Erica Cuevas, Policy Manager, ecuevas@jff.org
• Taylor Maag, Policy Manager, tmaag@jff.org

Our Policy Work

Current policy and advocacy efforts include support for evidence-based innovations across our three areas of work:

Secondary Education Policy

Synthesizing research, evidence, and input from practitioners and policymakers at the local, regional, and state level, JFF works to inform critical national debates on what works to prepare all students—particularly underrepresented youth—for college and career success. Promising practices we support in our policy efforts include Early College Designs and college- and career-readiness transition models, such as dual enrollment; Back on Track Through College dropout recovery pathways; and grades 9-14 career pathways. These policy efforts are part of our Preparing for College and Careers work.


Higher Education Policy

Our Postsecondary State Policy team is actively encouraging the development of community college reforms that accelerate completion and credentials, and contributing to the critcal national debates on improving postsecondary outcomes. Our efforts drive policies to support community college-level career pathways for underprepared youth and adults. These policy efforts are part of our Earning Postsecondary Credentials work.


Workforce Development Policy

We design and promotes policies to help states and communities enact and sustain the workforce training programs that demonstrate the most promise. We work to promote regional workforce system collaboration and innovation. We sythesize research, evidence, and input from practitioners to inform national debates, such as about the skills gap. These policy efforts are part of our Advancing Careers and Economic Growth work.


State Policy Work

Jobs for the Future’s experts work in regions throughout the country to remove policy barriers to designs that improve outcomes for all students.

More policy-related publications, blog posts, and other resources can be found below.

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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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