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Center for Racial Economic Equity

Empower Black learners and workers with Jobs for the Future’s Center for Racial Economic Equity.
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Solutions to disrupt occupational segregation and eradicate the Black-white wealth gap.

Occupational segregation and a vast Black-white wealth gap limit opportunities for success and advancement for Black learners and workers. Through research, thought leadership, network building, and advisory services, Jobs for the Future’s Center for Racial Economic Equity works to create a world where race no longer determines outcomes.

We take a solutions-first, data-driven, nonpartisan, and practitioner-informed approach and rely on a trusted network of cross-sector partners committed to  promoting Black economic advancement.

Key Initiatives

Reimagine Education and Training Systems

We conduct research, offer advisory services, and partner across the ecosystem to ensure Black learners are entering and succeeding in high-value programs of study.

Eliminate Workplace Racial Discrimination

In collaboration with major employers, we work with corporations and industries to ensure Black workers are being hired, compensated, and promoted equitably.

Explore Social and Financial Aspects of Advancement

We develop strategies to invest in Black entrepreneurship, explore financial innovations, and identify supports to end the Black-white wealth gap.

News & Ideas


Wraparound Strategies for Supporting Black Working Mothers’ Career Success

To boost the economy and create conditions for equitable economic advancement for all, employers must focus on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Black working moms and other populations facing systemic barriers. Conclusion Employers have…

March 5, 2024

Innovative Wraparound Support Solutions That Help Workers Succeed

An in-depth scan of the market of solutions employers can use to expand employee access to wraparound supports that remove barriers to success on the job.  Key Takeaways Employers need to understand the factors such…

March 13, 2024

Black Learners in IT Associate’s Degree and Credential College Programs

Associate’s degrees and credentials in information technology (IT) can open up pathways to high-wage careers with opportunities for economic advancement. But Black learners and workers face structural barriers that limit their ability to access and…

October 30, 2023

Impact Stories

JFF and Comcast NBCUniversal Partner to Boost Number and Proportion of Black Tech Workers

New $500,000 initiative will generate insights and develop strategies to increase access and success for Black learners and workers within fast-growing digital and IT careers.

Black Employees Make Up Just 7.4% of the Tech Workforce—These Nonprofits Are Working to Change That

JFF Vice President Michael Collins was quoted in recent article on CNBC’s Make It website that focused on JFF's racial economic equity initiative and specifically reported on the release of our latest market scan, Purpose-Built to Advance Equity: Expanding Opportunities in Tech for Black Americans, which highlights organizations that are working to increase the number of Black Americans in the IT workforce.

Survey Reveals Barriers That Prevent Black Workers From Entering and Advancing in Tech Careers

Jobs for the Future survey finds financial constraints, lack of STEM education, mentorship gap as top barriers for Black Americans in tech

JFF’s Michael Collins in “The Great Resignation Narrative Ignores the Black Experience in America”

In an article published in HR Dive, JFF Vice President Michael Collins discusses the implications of the “Great Resignation”—and a potential recession—for Black workers.

Professional Social Capital is Key to Economic Advancement

JFF calls on all education, training, and workforce development programs to be more intentional about helping Black learners and workers build professional social capital.


Michael Collins

Vice President

Michael Collins is vice president of the Center for Racial Economic Equity at JFF. He leads the development and implementation of JFF’s strategy to influence the practices of educational institutions, workforce organizations, intermediaries, associations, states,…

Christel Perkins

Senior Director

Christel Perkins is a senior director in the Center for Racial Economic Equity at JFF. She leads the center’s strategic plan to enhance the experience of Black learners and workers in education and the workforce…

Andrea Juncos

Senior Director

Andrea Juncos is a senior director in the Center for Racial Economic Equity at JFF. She leads research and advisory services focused on accelerating economic advancement for Black learners and workers in the United States.…

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The Center for Racial Economic Equity and our network of expert partners are available for collaboration, advocacy, and investment to create permanent space for Black learners and workers in our postsecondary education and workforce systems. Contact us to learn more about how you can partner with us or support our work, and subscribe for updates.