Nancy Hoffman

Nancy Hoffman, PhD, is senior advisor at JFF. Dr. Hoffman is the co-founder, with Bob Schwartz, of the Pathways to Prosperity State Network—a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education, JFF, fourteen states, and sixty economic regions. The goal of Pathways is to ensure that many more young people complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market, and get launched on a first career, leaving open the option of further education. Starting in 2002, Nancy led JFF's work to develop early college high schools and expand opportunities for college-level work in high school to a wide range of students.

Nancy’s most recent book, co-authored with Bob Schwartz, is Learning for Careers: The Pathways to Prosperity Network (fall 2017). She is also the author of Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World’s Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life, (2011). She is an editor of three JFF books: Double the Numbers: Increasing Postsecondary Credentials for Underrepresented Youth, Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It, and, most recently, Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers and author of Women's True Profession: Voices from the History of Teaching—all published by Harvard Education Press.

Nancy has held teaching and administrative posts at Brown, Temple, Harvard, FIPSE, MIT, and elsewhere. She has served as a consultant for the education policy unit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

She holds a bachelor's degree and doctorate in comparative literature from the University of California–Berkeley. Nancy serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and on the board of North Bennet Street School, which offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship.