Stephen Yadzinski

Managing Director, Accelaration for JFFLabs


Stephen Yadzinski is a technologist, designer, and business leader who develops organizations and programs to support nonprofit and social enterprise growth and impact. 

In 2015, Steve founded the Innovate+Educate Employment Tech Division in response to the critical need to improve workforce readiness for high-demand jobs in key US 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 both training and careers.

Among his key accomplishments, Steve architected and led the teams to build innovative natural language processing, geolocation, and matching technologies supporting the workforce and education technology spaces. Steve has also led innovation and research programs for corporate partners, providing application design, architecting, and development services to major US corporations, education and training providers, and assessment companies.

A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Steve previously served as Founder & CEO of award-winning branding and technology studio Big Swing, a company he founded while in his 20s that grew to serve a national clientele of organizations and major advertising agencies. The company’s marquee projects included branding and artwork for Emirates Airlines’ out-of-home advertising as well as series of photo books presented to President Obama in support of National Monument designations across the Southwest. 

Steve lives with his wife and two children in Santa Fe, New Mexico.