Charlotte Cahill is director of Pathways to Prosperity at JFF. In this role, she collaborates with states and regions to develop college and career pathway systems that expand opportunities for young people and support economic growth. Charlotte leads state policy and strategy development for the Pathways to Prosperity Network and oversees the Pathways to Prosperity asset mapping process. She also conducts research on topics that include work-based learning, labor market information, economic development, and pathways-related federal and state policies to support the development of career pathways systems. Charlotte also works with JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning on projects focused on developing work-based learning tools and resources and on scaling youth apprenticeship.
Prior to joining JFF, Charlotte worked at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), where she did policy research and facilitated a peer-learning network of colleges and universities focused on strengthening postsecondary programs and career pathways for student veterans. Charlotte has taught at both two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Boston College and a master's degree and PhD in the history of U.S. public policy from Northwestern University.