Thor Blanco-Reynoso is a program associate at JFF. In that role, he supports the work of various JFF units, including the Pathways to Prosperity network and the Advancement, Work, and Learning units. He also supports Development work.

Thor also helps lead JFF’s Immigrant and English Language Learners Target Population working group and is a member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

His skills and areas of expertise include:

  • Bicultural and bilingual competencies and community engagement
  • Support for college completion for low-income, first-generation college students
  • Organizational processes, software processes, IT and back-end support
  • Research
  • Organizational communication
  • Human development
  • Project management
  • Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian

Before joining JFF, Thor engaged in psychological research to understand the factors affecting resilience among Latinx students and was a lead faculty support specialist in the Behavioral Sciences Department at the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies in Boston. He was also a teaching assistant for an undergraduate psychology class called Stress and Its Management.

He is an active member of the Latinx community and volunteers as a mentor and teacher of English language learners. In 2016, he co-developed a curriculum for youth activities for the DREAM program in Boston to help close the opportunity gap for K-12 students who live in low-income housing. Thor is also a member of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).

An educator at heart, Thor says he is dedicated to ensuring equity for all and adds that he is passionate about JFF’s mission to improve the quality of the lives of all Americans through education and job opportunities.

Describing his interests, Thor says, “I love playing sports, connecting people, thinking about innovative solutions, learning new languages, and traveling the world. I’m always amazed by human potential.”