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Richard Kazis

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program

Richard Kazis is currently a senior consultant to MDRC, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, and a consultant to additional national organizations and foundations on education and workforce development reform strategies, including: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas-Austin, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the New England Board of Higher Education. Kazis also serves as Board Chair and Interim President of The Institute for College Access and Success. Until 2014, Richard Kazis was Senior Vice President of Jobs for the Future in Boston.

At JFF, Kazis was responsible for the development and implementation of policy and advocacy strategies to address educational and economic challenges facing low-income youth and adults. He led JFF’s initiatives on community college student success. He also oversaw JFF’s Washington policy office.

Richard has co-authored one book, edited two others, and has written extensively on: improving low-income community college students’ performance and outcomes; low-wage worker advancement; college and career readiness approaches for struggling students; youth employment and training; and labor market intermediaries and sector strategies in workforce development.

Recent publications include a case study of the transformation of the City Colleges of Chicago for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, a history of the Hitachi Foundation, several papers on training policy for MDRC, and co-authored papers for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program titled Unemployment Among Young Adults: Exploring Employer-Led Solutions and Summer Jobs Programs: Aligning Ends and Means. A graduate of Harvard College and MIT, early in his career Kazis taught at an alternative high school, helped organize fast-food workers, worked with labor-environmental jobs coalitions, and supervised a Neighborhood Youth Corps program.

 

 

Richard Kazis is currently a senior consultant to MDRC, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, and a consultant to additional national organizations and foundations on education and workforce development reform strategies, including: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas-Austin, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the New England Board of Higher Education. Kazis also serves as Board Chair and Interim President of The Institute for College Access and Success. Until 2014, Richard Kazis was Senior Vice President of Jobs for the Future in Boston.

At JFF, Kazis was responsible for the development and implementation of policy and advocacy strategies to address educational and economic challenges facing low-income youth and adults. He led JFF’s initiatives on community college student success. He also oversaw JFF’s Washington policy office.

Richard has co-authored one book, edited two others, and has written extensively on: improving low-income community college students’ performance and outcomes; low-wage worker advancement; college and career readiness approaches for struggling students; youth employment and training; and labor market intermediaries and sector strategies in workforce development.

Recent publications include a case study of the transformation of the City Colleges of Chicago for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, a history of the Hitachi Foundation, several papers on training policy for MDRC, and co-authored papers for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program titled Unemployment Among Young Adults: Exploring Employer-Led Solutions and Summer Jobs Programs: Aligning Ends and Means. A graduate of Harvard College and MIT, early in his career Kazis taught at an alternative high school, helped organize fast-food workers, worked with labor-environmental jobs coalitions, and supervised a Neighborhood Youth Corps program.

 

 

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