Barbara Endel, PhD, is a senior director at JFF. She leads the Accelerating Opportunity initiative, which enables entry-level adult learners to complete technical and occupational degrees across more than 55 community colleges nationwide. Barbara also coaches Cincinnati's Partners for a Competitive Workforce Network, a nationally recognized regional collaborative with multiple career pathways for over 6,000 participants through a project funded by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
Before joining JFF, she served as a policy consultant to the organization on the Developmental Education Initiative, a six-state subproject of Achieving the Dream focused on mining and utilizing data to improve student success in community colleges. She has also developed career pathways and managed policy initiatives for KnowledgeWorks Foundation and designed and implemented community college assessments and research solutions for ACT.
Barbara has a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. She earned her bachelor’s from The College of Wooster in Ohio.