Nancy Hoffman is Senior Advisor at JFF, a national nonprofit based in Boston. Massachusetts. Dr. Hoffman is the co-founder with Bob Schwartz of the Pathways to Prosperity State Network. The Pathways to Prosperity Network is 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, Dr. Hoffman led JFF's work to develop early college high schools and to expand opportunities for college-level work in high school to a wide range of students.
Dr. Hoffman’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, all four published by the Harvard Education Press. Dr. Hoffman is also author of Women's True Profession: Voices from the History of Teaching, all published by Harvard Education Press.
She has held teaching and administrative posts at Brown, Temple, Harvard, FIPSE, M.I.T. and elsewhere. Dr. Hoffman has served as a consultant for the education policy unit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hoffman 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.