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New York, NY – Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoë Baird today announced the appointment of Claudia Husemann as Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Engagement. Husemann will be responsible for Markle’s strategic communications and media relations initiatives and public engagement strategy. Markle is working to transform our labor market from one solely focused on traditional credentials, such as degrees and work history, to one rooted in the digital economy skills needed for jobs of the 21st century. It seeks to advance a modern labor market that aligns the skills of the workforce to the needs of employers, keeping American businesses competitive and giving American workers opportunities for quality jobs over the course of their lives. Husemann joins Markle from Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm, where she served as Executive Vice President with responsibility for one of Edelman’s largest global accounts. She led the Edelman team delivering communications in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia. Husemann previously was Group Head of the firm’s New York Corporate Communications practice. Before joining Edelman, Husemann led Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ New York Corporate Practice after successfully establishing its New York Technology Practice. A graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations, Husemann began her career more than 20 years ago in Silicon Valley, where she learned to first immerse herself in her clients’ businesses in order to develop strategic communications campaigns to drive growth and strengthen their market positions. “Claudia brings great capacity to achieve our critical mission at Markle. With the recent launch of our Rework America Task Force, we’re aggressively pursuing opportunities for all Americans to thrive in the digital economy. We are pursuing a skills-based labor market that will unlock economic opportunity for job seekers, workers and businesses,” said Markle CEO and President Zoë Baird. “Claudia has worked with some of the world’s largest and most successful companies. She is smart, creative, and disciplined in her approach to communications. Her enthusiasm and expertise, particularly in using technology for communications, will help us achieve our mission of transforming the U.S. labor market for the 21st century digital economy. Claudia will also lead the communications efforts of Skillful both in Colorado and as we expand Skillful to engage with other states. I am delighted to welcome Claudia to the Markle Foundation and to our senior leadership team.” The Rework America Task Force, which brings together influential leaders from diverse backgrounds and experience, builds on the success of the Markle Foundation’s Skillful initiative, which launched in Colorado in 2016 and focuses on empowering the nearly seven out of ten Americans who don’t have a four-year college degree but have, or can learn, the in-demand skills needed in today’s job market. Skillful provides data, tools, and resources that enable businesses to define the exact skills they seek, and turn those insights into a skills-based hiring process that allows workers to demonstrate and articulate the skills they can bring to an organization. “The Markle Foundation, Skillful and the Rework America Task Force are addressing an issue critical to our nation’s economic health, social fabric, and to individuals’ well-being,” said Husemann. “Markle is an important voice in a timely national conversation that can inspire action to meet the needs of all Americans. I’m excited to be part of it.” About MarkleThe Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology as a breakthrough tool to address some of the nation’s most challenging problems. Working as an operating foundation, Markle has participated in partnerships to build the systems that transform sectors, including creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet. Markle’s priority today is to provide Americans with access to good jobs and enable people to prepare for today’s rapidly changing digital economy, as articulated in its book America’s Moment. For more information, visit markle.org, and follow @MarkleFdn and @ReworkAmerica onTwitter. Markle Media Contact: Leah Johnson 212-713-7632 or [email protected]
Colorado has been a leading state in bringing its workforce into the digital age. The state’s leadership team, including the governor, has asked the Markle Foundation to discuss the importance of the initiatives they have undertaken. The Markle Foundation, through its Skillful initiative, has been working closely on these efforts with the governor, multiple state agencies and businesses, community organizations, and educators throughout Colorado. Through this first-hand experience, we have witnessed the commitment to, and impact of, these programs that are preparing the Colorado’s workforce for the rapidly changing economy. The leadership of Colorado understands that the forces of globalization and technology that are disrupting our labor market also can provide the tools and markets needed for system-wide change that benefits everyone. Achieving this is challenging and requires strategies that integrate into an effective network all sectors that make up the labor market so that employers can open up career opportunities for many more people, trainers can help provide the skills needed and job seekers can pursue productive paths. It is for this reason that the state has embraced Skillful and is leading innovations that can be replicated throughout the nation. Skillful, a Markle Foundation initiative, launched in in 2016 with Colorado’s leadership team as an integral participant in this overall effort. Working in Colorado’s unusually collaborative environment, Skillful’s integrated model brings together all stakeholders and leverages the technology and tools that are disrupting the economy to build a workforce ecosystem that works for all, especially for the middle skill jobs and job seekers that are vital to a growing economy. Skillful provides Colorado employers the templates, tools and resources to help transition their businesses to skills-based talent practices which emphasize workers’ skills, training and experience over traditional hiring filters such as college degrees or work history. Skillful supports job seekers by providing them with tools and information to help them explore career paths, find training, search for the right job and connect with employers and educators. Skillful also provides tools to support career coaches who are critical resources for individuals during their journey to better jobs. Another element of Colorado’s integrated, ambitious vision for developing the workforce of the future is CareerWise, the non-profit charged with building Colorado’s youth apprenticeship system by aligning business and education. An initiative of the state’s Business Experiential Learning (BEL) Commission, CareerWise starts in middle school by teaching students about career opportunities. By 11th grade students can participate in a paid apprenticeship with two days in the classroom and three days in a business or training center, linking classroom learning with hands-on experience. Each apprenticeship centers on a curriculum developed jointly by businesses, colleges and K-12 schools. Upon high school graduation, apprentices have the option of continuing on to a postsecondary degree or completing their apprenticeship and gaining access to a job in high-growth fields including information technology, financial services and advanced manufacturing. Skillful has worked with CareerWise from its planning stage in identifying the skills apprentices need to learn and helping employers apply these tools not just to their apprenticeship programs but across employees’ career pathways. In 10 years, Colorado has targeted a goal of more than 20,000 students in apprenticeships earning wages and college credit in fields such as software development, accounting and cybersecurity. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) Employment and Training’s Work-Based Learning Unit partners with CareerWise, overseeing several work-based learning initiatives for youth and adults. An outstanding example of Colorado’s commitment to pairing workforce development with solid sector partnerships, the Innovative Industry Internship, another CDLE program, has partnered with 131 companies in eight growth industries, such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing and IT, placing 290 interns. Addressing the construction and energy labor shortage, the CDLE’s WORK Act trained 1,393 individuals through pre-employment boot camps and apprenticeships, with 939 work seekers obtaining jobs. The Colorado Workforce Development Center (CWDC), a business-led public-private board, is another in the state’s integrated set of programs to facilitate and sustain a talent development system. Working with Skillful and others, it brings together the work of education, training, economic and workforce development to anticipate, and then meet, the needs of businesses, workers, job seekers and students. To make the most of resources and to assure alignment of the state’s goal to build a skills-based labor market focused on hiring and training by skills, rather than traditional credentials such as degrees or work history, the CWDC, state agencies, CareerWise and Skillful are also collaborating on the following: Using real time labor market demand data to focus education and training on businesses’ needs. Fueling industry collaboration through CWDC’s sector partnerships. Businesses are expanding work-based learning opportunities with input from CareerWise and the Work-Based Learning Unit while Skillful is developing tools to assist businesses in hiring by competency rather than principally degrees or industry experience. Identifying critical occupations in key industries and the skills necessary to be successful in those occupations using labor market data. This criteria cascades into actions by job seekers, training guides for businesses and curricula for educators, as well as job descriptions and resume tools for the labor market. Governor’s Coaching Corps: This intensive leadership program – a partnership between Colorado and Skillful – is a highly innovative investment in frontline career coaching professionals. The Corps will be made up of 30 exceptional career coaches from public workforce centers, community colleges, and non-profit organizations who will work in teams to develop new practices and deploy new technology to improve career services by coaches throughout the state, while sharpening their own expertise in skills-based coaching for job seekers. Colorado is setting a high bar with innovative and aligned initiatives that are preparing its residents and businesses to thrive now and in the future. All Americans deserve to find a meaningful place in this new economy. We encourage Amazon to set the standard for the nation by emphasizing a state’s deep commitment to preparing its workforce for the jobs of the future. Zoë Baird CEO and President Markle Foundation
Rhode Island, though small, has been a leading state in bringing its workforce into the digital age. The state’s leadership team, including the governor, has asked the Markle Foundation to discuss the importance of the initiatives they have undertaken. The unrelenting digitization of our economy has propelled America into the greatest economic transition since the Industrial Revolution. Rhode Island has an innovative vision and proven commitment to workforce development – starting in kindergarten and going through college to lifelong learning – and is effectively bringing together the stakeholders in the labor market to enable businesses to get the workforce they need and workers real opportunity. Rhode Island and the Markle Foundation share a common goal of preparing students, workers and businesses for success in the digital economy, and, over the years, the state’s leadership team has been a valuable advisor in informing the Foundation’s strategy and actions. We have today an American paradox: Across the country, six-million-plus jobs are going unfilled often because employers can’t find skilled workers yet millions of Americans with in-demand skills, or job seekers who are capable of learning those skills, are unemployed or underemployed. Markle’s Skillful initiative, which launched in 2016 in Colorado, works with businesses, job seekers and workers, and educators to create a skills-based labor market that enables employers to find the talent they need, job seekers to see where the jobs are and find jobs uniquely suited to their skills, and educators to know what training is needed to create a skilled, nimble and entrepreneurial workforce. “Skillful in a Box” was created thanks to imaginative input from Rhode Island’s governor. It enables all states to benefit from Skillful, as it gives employers the templates, tools and access to training and resources to help transition their businesses to skills-based hiring. A Pew Research Center survey, conducted in association with Markle, found that eighty-seven percent of Americans believe that lifelong training is central to career success in the digital age. Rhode Island’s response to the demands of the new labor landscape has been to put in place initiatives that provide robust resources that link education, training and career development to support the work force of the 21st century. Real Jobs RI, for example, has helped boost the state’s jobs to the highest-ever – 499,200 – with a gain of 3,100 alone this past August. Real Jobs RI has brought together 300 firms in 17 industries to partner with 150 skills-training programs to provide skills education to current and potential employees while retaining and obtaining talent, allowing incumbent employees to improve their skills as their employers fill immediate openings with experienced workers. As of September 1, more than 900 new hires have been placed – including 400 job seekers in high-skill jobs building submarines at Electric Boat – and 500 incumbent workers trained for future advancement. Rhode Island students, through CS4RI (Computer Science for Rhode Island Initiative), are learning the skills and critical thinking needed to create, get and advance in good jobs in the 21st century. By this December, children in every school in the state will be taught computer skills starting in kindergarten and continuing with AP Computer Science courses in high school. The state’s focus on higher education and its crucial role in preparing residents for rewarding careers this year produced the Promise Scholarship which covers the cost of tuition and fees at the Community College of Rhode Island for all state residents who graduated high school the previous spring. Rhode Island’s innovative public and private sector partnerships, such as Real Jobs RI and CS4RI, are part of an effort to leverage existing resources more effectively and craft new tools and programs to equip Rhode Islanders, of all ages and backgrounds, to engage in lifelong learning that meets the needs of the new work world. All Americans deserve to find a meaningful place in the new economy. We encourage Amazon to set the standard for the nation by emphasizing a state’s deep commitment to preparing its workforce for the jobs of the future. Zoë Baird CEO and President Markle Foundation
Panelists: Beth Cobert, CEO, Skillful Karan Chopra, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, [email protected] Mark Orttung, CEO, Nexient Moderator: Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic The Atlantic’s second annual Future of Work Summit (#FutureWork2017) will convene experts to discuss how new technology is changing the American workforce. Technological advancements, demographic shifts and an ever-changing economic landscape have altered the availability and the definition of work for future generations. As more traditional jobs are consolidated by trade, technology and automation, many Americans today feel that the economy has left them behind. Skillful CEO Beth Cobert will be joining The Tech Pipeline panel.
Partnership of leaders of business, technology, labor, academic and policy communities, will work with America’s employers, workers, job seekers, and educators in urgent effort to disrupt the labor market and provide good jobs. New York, NY – Stepping up to the challenge of including all Americans in the opportunities of the digital economy, the Markle Foundation announced today the formation of the Rework America Task Force (Rework America), a coalition of influential leaders with diverse backgrounds and experience who have joined together in service of modernizing the nation’s outdated labor market and unlocking economic opportunity for American job seekers, workers, and businesses. Rework America is chaired by Denis McDonough, former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, and includes members from some of the world’s leading organizations and institutions – including Siemens USA, Microsoft Corp., IBM, Princeton University, Hearsay Systems, the Walmart Foundation and Coursera. The Markle Foundation Advisory Board – chaired by Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation; with vice chairs Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana and current President of Purdue University, and Penny Pritzker, Chairman, PSP Capital and Pritzker Realty Group; and members James Manyika, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation; Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer; and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Chief Diversity Officer & Senior Vice President, Time Warner, Inc. – will work closely with Rework America, providing counsel and feedback. The goal of Rework America is to fix America’s broken labor market. Across the country, six-million-plus jobs are unfilled because employers can’t find skilled workers, yet millions of Americans with in-demand skills, or job seekers who are capable of getting those skills, are unemployed or underemployed. Rework America seeks comprehensive reform toward a skills-based labor market which includes training workers over the course of their lives in the skills that employers need to compete in the 21st-century economy. The task force will seek to use the same digital technology that is disrupting the economy today to rewire the labor market; connecting relevant stakeholders, trainers and educators, and bringing new clarity and transparency to the job-search process so workers develop in-demand skills. Rework America will highlight successful existing training programs and deploy new training experiments to create practical solutions that will transform America’s labor market from one based largely on traditional credentials, such as degrees and work history, to one rooted in the skills valued in the digital economy. “Too many Americans are being left behind by the changes brought about by globalization and technology,” said Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation. “Workers deserve good jobs, solid career paths, and income growth. At the same time, American businesses deserve a skilled workforce, ready for the new, digital economy. The system wasn’t going to change on its own, so we’ve brought together some of the boldest leaders of all perspectives to tackle this challenge head-on. “Redesigning the labor market is an ambitious challenge, but we have revolutionary tools at our disposal – digital technologies that have emerged as powerful, transformative forces in our economy,” Zoë Baird added. “’Big Data’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ aren’t buzzwords. They have already had a profound effect on how we do business, and we believe that they can have an equally large impact on how we train workers, and how we connect Americans with opportunity.” “The digital transformation we are living through today is historic, and our response needs to be equally as historic,” said Judy Marks, CEO, Siemens USA, and a Rework America member. “A labor market that was designed in the 20th century to prioritize four-year degrees and work histories is no longer sufficient to keep up with the fast-changing skills necessary to perform the digital jobs of the 21st century. We need to use technology to better align the skills of our workforce to the needs of employers, helping all stakeholders rethink, retool, and revitalize the ways we connect job seekers to open positions. This work is vital for our future, and that’s why I am eager to join the Rework America Task Force.” Rework America builds on the success of the Markle Foundation’s Skillful initiative, which is transforming businesses as well as the lives of job seekers and workers in Colorado. Established in 2016 as a partnership between Governor John Hickenlooper and the state of Colorado, LinkedIn, and others, Skillful provides data, tools, and resources that enable businesses to define the exact skills they seek, and turn those insights into a skills-based hiring process that allows workers to demonstrate and articulate the skills that they can bring to an organization. Recently, Microsoft invested more than $25 million in Markle to expand Skillful’s model in Colorado, expand to another state, and support Rework America. Rework America’s cross-sector, non-partisan approach will focus on systems integration – pulling together, and leveraging currently-existing resources in a more effective manner in order to create new tools and business models to better serve the entire labor ecosystem. The task force will consist of small groups, drawing on each member’s expertise. The task force will deliver its recommendations to key stakeholders and create a path from idea to feedback, to policy and action. “The current labor market fails job seekers, workers, and businesses,” said Denis McDonough, Chair of the Rework America Task Force. “Many workers have the skills employers are looking for to fill open positions, but don’t know it because too many job listings are written in a way that excludes qualified job seekers rather than attracting them. They use credentials like a four-year degree as a proxy instead of listing the actual skills needed to work a job – which is a problem, since nearly seven in 10 Americans don’t have a four-year degree but many have the relevant skills. And our research has found that a middle skilled worker in Colorado could apply for substantially more jobs – and with a $7,000 higher average salary – if jobs with credential gaps reflected today's workforce as opposed to requirements for a college degree. “The Rework America Task Force is ideally suited to help rethink and redesign the American labor market to benefit us all,” Denis McDonough added. “This is a group of proven leaders who have come together to serve as an incubator for fresh ideas, inform state and national-level policy discussions, and develop real-world solutions to build a smarter, modern labor market – over both the short-term and long-term.” The Rework America Task Force is supported, to date, by Carnegie Corporation; the Markle Foundation, Microsoft Philanthropies, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. About MarkleThe Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of information technology as a breakthrough tool for some of the nation’s most challenging problems. Working as an operating foundation, Markle has participated in partnerships to create policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet. Markle’s priority today is to provide Americans with access to good jobs and enable people to prepare for today’s rapidly changing digital economy, as articulated in its book America’s Moment. For more information, visit markle.org, and follow @MarkleFdn and @ReworkAmerica onTwitter. Markle Media Contact: Leah Johnson 212-713-7632 or [email protected]
John Hayes is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ball Corporation, an innovative global metal packaging supplier and parent company of Ball Aerospace. Ball employs more than 14,500 people in 11 countries. The company was founded in 1880. Ball is the largest supplier of infinitely recyclable beverage cans in the world and a leading producer of food and aerosol cans. Ball Aerospace provides spacecraft, instruments and other technologies in support of space and Earth science, exploration, national security and intelligence programs. Mr. Hayes joined Ball Corporation in 1999. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and President of Ball Packaging Europe. Mr. Hayes has also held positions in corporate planning and development, corporate strategy, marketing and new product development. Mr. Hayes holds a B.S. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was named the Ira J. Harris scholar in finance.
Lisa Garcia Quiroz is President of the Time Warner Foundation and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner Inc. During her tenure, Lisa forged new and innovative initiatives that developed and supported diverse storytellers and leaders, and had an indelible impact on the media industry. Lisa previously launched two businesses at Time Inc.: People en Español, the best-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States and Time for Kids, an award-winning children’s news publication. Lisa currently serves as Chairperson of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and is a director of the Public Theater and the Apollo Theater Foundation. An active civic leader, Lisa is the former Chairperson of the Corporation for National and Community Service Board, a post to which she was appointed by President Obama and she also served as founding co-chairperson of the NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Lisa is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. A proud and native New Yorker, Lisa lives in New York City with her husband, author Guy Garcia.
Brad Smith is Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. In this role Smith is responsible for the company’s corporate, external, and legal affairs. He leads a team of more than 1,300 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 55 countries. These teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, public policy, corporate governance, and social responsibility work. He is also Microsoft’s chief compliance officer. Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others. Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, and before becoming general counsel in 2002 he spent three years leading the Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) team in Europe, then five years serving as the deputy general counsel responsible for LCA’s teams outside the United States. Smith has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments around the world and with companies across the IT sector. He has played a leading role within Microsoft and in the IT sector on government surveillance, privacy, intellectual property, immigration and computer science education policy issues. As the senior executive responsible for ensuring Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities, he has helped the company achieve its consistent ranking in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. He has played a leadership role locally and nationally on numerous charitable, business and legal initiatives. In 2013 he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. In 2014, the New York Times called Smith “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.” In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic and legal organizations and in the broader technology industry. In March 2015, Smith joined the Netflix board of directors. He also works to advance several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, serving as chair of the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and as chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). In addition, Smith chairs the board of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program, at the appointment of the governor. Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer), and graduated summa cum laude with a concentration in international relations and economics. He earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was an associate and then partner at the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. He can be followed at http://twitter.com/@bradsmi.
Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Pritzker is the founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services and consumer products. In close partnership with entrepreneurs, PSP Capital’s approach is patient, flexible and solutions oriented. PSP Capital has a profound appreciation for preserving strong cultures and aligning interests with strategic partners to build shareholder value. From June 2013 through January 2017, Pritzker served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Pritzker was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. During her tenure, she launched SelectUSA, the first federal initiative aimed at attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, which facilitated $23 billion in investment to date and created or retained tens of thousands of good paying American jobs. Pritzker also developed the agency’s first comprehensive digital and data agenda, chaired the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program and served as the Administration’s point person on manufacturing. She also developed the first workforce and skills development agenda for the Department, ensuring federal training expenditures are job driven, strengthening regional workforce development efforts and facilitating new research on the value of apprenticeships to employers. Pritzker previously founded Vi Senior Living (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), and co-founded The Parking Spot and Artemis Real Estate Partners. Pritzker is the former chairman of the board of TransUnion and is a past board member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group and LaSalle Bank Corporation. Pritzker is also a member of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, a member of the board of the Obama Foundation and on the advisory council of The Hamilton Project. She was also member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Stanford University, the Harvard University Board of Overseers and founded Skills for America’s Future. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Pritzker and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, co-founded The Pritzker Traubert Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that works to foster increased economic opportunity for Chicago’s families.
Dr. Shah brings over twenty years of experience in business, government, and philanthropy to The Rockefeller Foundation. Appointed as USAID Administrator by President Obama in 2009, Dr. Shah was charged with reshaping the $20 billion agency’s operations to provide greater assistance to pressing development challenges around the globe. By elevating the importance of innovation, promoting public-private partnerships, rethinking internal practices, and shifting how dollars were spent to deliver stronger results, Shah secured bipartisan support that enabled USAID to dramatically accelerate its work to end extreme poverty. Two significant Presidential priorities – Feed the Future and Power Africa – passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support and were signed into law by President Obama, and the Global Food Security Act is the second largest global development legislation after PEPFAR. Shah’s work delivered results for countries facing democratic transitions, post-conflict situations, and humanitarian crises, and is widely credited with providing life-saving access to food, health, and water for millions of children across the planet. Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture. He also served in a number of leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he helped launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (a joint venture by the Gates and Rockefeller foundations) and the International Financing Facility for Immunization (credited with raising more than $5 billion for childhood immunizations worldwide) and where he supported the creation of the Global Development Program.
Jon Schnur is Executive Chairman of America Achieves. Jon helped to found America Achieves and helps to shape the organization’s overall strategy and work. Jon co-founded New Leaders for New Schools – a national non-profit organization ensuring high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead at scale – and served as its CEO from 2000 until 2011. He also advises philanthropists seeking to improve education, including Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Jon served as a senior advisor to President Obama’s presidential transition team and to U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan. He has also served as President Clinton’s White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, Senior Policy Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore, and special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley. Jon is currently serving on the Visiting Committee to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and on the Aspen Institute’s jury for their Prize for Community College Excellence. He is a board member of New Leaders as well as Be the Change and its Opportunity Nation initiative to increase economic mobility in America. Jon is also an active member of the Parent-Teacher Association at the Edgemont School in Montclair, New Jersey. Jon and his wife Elisa have three young children.
The Rework America Task Force seeks to transform our labor market from one solely focused on traditional credentials like degrees and work history, to one rooted in the skills needed for the jobs of the 21st century. We will harness the same forces disrupting our economy, from Big Data to Artificial Intelligence, to connect all Americans - especially the almost seven in ten Americans without a college degree - to new opportunities and training for in-demand jobs. We will advance a modern labor market that aligns the skills of our workforce to the needs of our employers, keeping American businesses competitive and giving American workers clear pathways to quality jobs over the course of their lives. RATF will establish clear paths to quality jobs and job security for all Americans, which will: Enable the Dignity of Work for All Americans. Meaningful, fairly compensated jobs with career growth are important components to American’s identity and self-worth. RATF will work to advance a labor market system that allows Americans to see clearer pathways to fulfilling those goals Support a Skills-Driven 21st Century Labor Market for the Digital Economy. RATF will advance a flexible labor market that aligns job seekers, employers, and educators around in-demand skills and economic opportunity. Advance Lifelong Access to the Skills Necessary to Succeed in the Economy. RATF recognizes the benefit of multiple points of entry to training and education over the entire course of their life – including as early as high-school – to keep their skills current and competitive in a changing economy. Leverage Advanced Technologies for the Benefit of America’s Workers. RATF will pursue policy frameworks that respond to the challenges of – and leverage the benefits of – advanced technologies for America’s workers. Fuel a Transparent Labor Market through Accessible Data. RATF will work to increase transparency in our labor market between job-seekers, employers and educators utilizing timely and user-friendly data.