Matthew Poland is JFF's senior program manager for work-based learning. Mr. Poland works closely with JFF leadership, California-based JFF staff, and Boston-based JFF colleagues. He makes substantive contributions to design and develop proposals for new work and works with potential funders and colleagues to get the work funded. Additionally, he oversees and conducts primary and secondary research, analyzes program and policy issues, and develops and delivers presentations and products to key stakeholders and partners within and across key regions. His role includes facilitating and leading groups of stakeholders as appropriate to program work, as well as preparing funder reports, timelines, budgets, and work plans.
Mr. Poland has been part of developing and managing workforce development programs for nearly 12 years. This has included a large amount of employer engagement, helping employers understand why hiring through nonprofits makes good business sense. Through his work at the United Way of the Bay Area, and with the PEP Jobs Program at CA Pacific Medical Center, Mr. Poland has been responsible for providing strategy and direction in business development, youth engagement, and nonprofit partnerships and youth workforce system design. He has lead and coordinated multiple simultaneous initiatives, including both publicly and privately funded efforts, focused on building education and workforce skills for disadvantaged populations.
Mr. Poland earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and his master's degree from the San Francisco State University.