Stephen Yadzinski is the senior innovation officer for JFFLabs. He leads the development of JFFLabs’ acceleration portfolio, identifying visionary entrepreneurs and startups to accelerate mission-aligned innovations in education and workforce technology. Steve and his team align products to markets and scale solutions that result in benefits to workers, learners, employers, and other critical system stakeholders.
Previously, Steve founded the Innovate+Educate Employment Tech Division in response to the critical need to improve workforce readiness for high-demand jobs in key U.S. industries. Under Steve’s leadership, the division grew to include organizational psychologists, data scientists, user interface developers, and others to create leading-edge mobile technologies that connect millions of unemployed and underserved individuals with training and quality jobs.
Earlier in his career, Steve founded and led his own branding, communications, and technology consultancy. The organization grew to serve a national clientele with marquee projects that included Emirates Airline North American advertising and photo books presented to President Obama in support of National Monument designations across the Southwest.
A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Steve lives with his wife and two children in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and enjoys skiing in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near his home.