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About Jobs for the Future

Our Vision

We envision a society where equitable economic advancement is attainable by all.
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Who We Are

Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that drives transformation of the U.S. education and workforce systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.

We do this by designing solutions, scaling best practices, influencing policy and action, and investing in innovation.

We forge deep partnerships with employers, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and education and workforce development providers to break down barriers and reimagine what’s possible.


Why We Exist
Our education and workforce systems are broken. They are inequitable, disconnected, hard to navigate, and filled with barriers to economic advancement.
Statistics

92 million

More than half the U.S. labor force is not in quality jobs and faces systemic barriers to advancement.

2x

The Black unemployment rate has been twice the white unemployment rate for more than 50 years.

14%

Less than 14% of students with low wealth who attend college complete their studies and graduate.

Our North Star

Our goal is to align education, workforce, and employment changemakers toward a shared North Star:

In 10 years, 75 million people facing systemic barriers to advancement will work in quality jobs.

A quality job provides not just a living wage and benefits but also stability, flexibility, autonomy, and economic advancement.

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Why 75 Million?
Only 38 million people facing systemic barriers to advancement currently have quality jobs. This includes people without a 4-year degree, people of color and women of all backgrounds with a 4-year degree, and people with criminal records.

JFF's goal is to roughly double that in 10 years, bringing the number of people with quality jobs to 75 million.
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Our Focus Areas

Creating learner and worker opportunity

Despite our best efforts, economic inequity continues to plague our society, with widening access, outcome, and wealth gaps affecting millions of people.

We will transform education, employment, and talent advancement systems to address systemic and structural barriers to equitable economic opportunity—including an intentional focus on Black learners and workers.

Strengthening education and career navigation

The vast world of education and training options is increasingly difficult for learners to understand and navigate.

We will clarify the chaotic learn and work ecosystem and empower people with data and guidance to find, finance, and flourish in personalized, lifelong career pathways.

Ensuring program quality and efficacy

With myriad new education and training providers emerging, people lack the objective information they need to assess which programs will help them meet their goals.

We will organize and vet the dynamic marketplace, making trusted information about what works widely available to learners, workers, investors, policymakers, and partners and spurring providers to innovate and improve.

Integrating learning and work

Prevailing models are disconnected and ill-equipped to prepare workers for our rapidly changing economy and meet employer needs.

We will meet unprecedented, ever-evolving labor and education market disruptions with new, integrated lifelong learning models that prioritize real-world work experience.

 

Building strong regional economies

Inadequate education and workforce systems, isolated from regional economic strategies and innovative national approaches, hamper regional growth and development.

We will apply innovative and proven national practices at the local level to grow agile, resilient, inclusive, and globally competitive regional economies—and scale effective local programs at the national level.


How We Get There
We work within systems—and outside of them—to transform the lives of millions of people.

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Our Partners

Our valued partners and collaborators include education and training providers, employers, government institutions, community-based organizations, learners and workers, investors and entrepreneurs, national nonprofits and industry associations, and philanthropies.

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Leadership

Maria Flynn

President & CEO 

Maria Flynn is president & CEO of Jobs for the Future. Her commitment to JFF’s vision of equitable economic advancement for all and her leadership in workforce policy have made her a national authority on…

Brian Douglas

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Douglas is chief operating officer at JFF. He oversees several of the organization’s key functional areas and provides broad operational leadership as JFF seeks to scale our systems to achieve our organizational vision. Douglas…

Susan Gouijnstook

Chief Solutions Officer

Susan Gouijnstook is the chief solutions officer at JFF. She is building and scaling JFF’s Solutions Group and overseeing the successful delivery of impact-generating programs and initiatives aligned with JFF’s strategic goals and objectives. Her…

Amy Seusing

Chief Development Officer

Amy Seusing is chief development officer at JFF. She leads the development team and strategy to diversify revenue through government grants, foundation and corporate partners, and individual support, creating high-impact partnerships for the communities JFF…

Kristina Francis

Executive Director, JFFLabs

Kristina Francis is executive director of JFFLabs. She oversees insights, incubation, and investing initiatives that connect traditional systems with system disruptors to enable equitable economic advancement for all. Her skills and areas of expertise include:…

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