Lili Allen is associate vice president, reconnection designs, at JFF. She oversees and drives strategy for the organization’s work with states, regions, and communities that are building pathways to postsecondary credentials and career-track employment for low-income young adults who have enormous potential but are locked out of the labor market.
She leads JFF’s Opportunity Works Social Innovation Fund initiative, the Young Adult Talent Development Network, JFF’s partnership with the Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Forum, JFF’s partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation for the Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) initiative, and Back on Track in Texas with the Greater Texas Foundation. She also oversees provision of technical assistance to Citi Foundation Youth Workforce Fund grantees.
Her skills and areas of expertise include:
- Strategic planning to develop community strategies to improve outcomes for young adults
- Back on Track pathway design and implementation
- Translation of educational research, policies, and practices for high-level system leaders and on-the-ground practitioners
- Design and implementation of multi-community initiatives that drive reform agendas
- Writing of briefs, reports, and documentation of effective practices and policies
Lili came to JFF with more than 20 years of experience building school and community partnerships to improve outcomes for struggling students and out-of-school youth.
She speaks at national venues on strategies to improve outcomes for young adults who are locked out of the labor market.
Explaining why she was drawn to JFF, Lili says she welcomed the opportunity to work with “a talented, diverse team to improve outcomes for young adults who aspire to succeed in our economy but are locked out due to systemic barriers.”
Lili is an avid bicyclist, a political activist, and the mother of a young man who shares her commitment to social justice.