Minority children are projected to comprise a majority of the K-12 population within this decade, and minority workers projected to provide all of the net increase in the workforce through 2030. As a result, many agree that increasing the skills and educational attainment of young, non-white people looms as one of the most pressing challenges to American competitiveness. In an era of slow economic growth and tight public budgets, there remains considerable disagreement about not only the kind of intervention, but also the timing of intervention most likely to produce success. In other words, with limited dollars to spend, what is the point in the lifecycle of students and young workers where we can invest in them for the greatest return?
Join National Journal for the third event in the Next America series that will bring together government officials, educators, workforce experts and analysts. We will explore the debate among experts and practitioners about the moments when intervention can have the greatest effect, and also profile individual programs stepping into that breach. The event also gives us an occasion to share the top findings about attitudes among minorities and whites alike on the ingredients for success in contemporary America from our College Board/National Journal Next America Poll.
Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. Under his leadership Bard College has become a premiere American educational institution with a successful network of innovative public high schools and an acclaimed college-degree program for maximum-security prisons, as well as a global presence with joint-degree programs across the globe. Dr. Botstein is also chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Vanessa Cárdenas is the vice president of Progress 2050 at American Progress. Her work focuses on the intersection of policy and race with particular attention to demographic changes, immigration, and issues relevant to the growing Latino community in the United States.
Ms. Cárdenas came to American Progress from the National Immigration Forum, where she worked as a policy/communications associate and outreach coordinator and helped bridge the policy, communications, and grassroots advocacy worlds to disseminate the Forum’s message and work. At the Forum, she participated in numerous local and national organizing and legislative campaigns including the efforts to pass immigration reform in 2006 and 2007, organizing in support of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, and the campaign to defeat Proposition 200 in Arizona.
Prior to working at the Forum, she managed and administered public education and outreach programs serving diverse communities on a range of issues, including education, civic participation, public safety, and youth leadership, for the Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington County Fire Department.
Anthony P. Carnevale
Anthony P. Carnevale is the Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Between 1996 and 2006, Dr. Carnevale served as Vice-President for Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). While at ETS, Dr. Carnevale was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the White House Commission on Technology and Adult Education.
Matthew M. Chingos is a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy. He has written extensively on class-size reduction, teacher quality, and college graduation rates. Mr. Chingos’s first book, Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities, coauthored with William G. Bowen and Michael S. McPherson, was published by Princeton University Press in 2009. Mr. Chingos studies a wide range of education-related topics at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels. His current research examines online learning, the quality of postsecondary instruction, student loan debt, public employee pensions, and the effects of school districts and their leaders. He received a B.A. in Government and Economics and a Ph.D. in Government, both from Harvard University.
For twenty years, Jennifer Davis has held positions at the federal, state, and local levels focused on improving educational opportunities for children across the United States. Her previous positions have included serving as U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary, Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the National Governors Association, and Executive Director of Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s after-school learning initiative.
In 2000, Ms. Davis became the co-founder and president of Massachusetts 2020. In 2005, in partnership with the Massachusetts governor’s office, the state legislature, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mass 2020 launched the Expanded Learning Time Initiative (ELT). In 2007, Massachusetts 2020 launched a national organization, the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL), which is dedicated to expanding and modernizing the American school calendar to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. In addition to a robust federal policy and best practices research agenda, NCTL is advising state and district leaders on models for expanding school time in order to significantly improve student achievement and prepare students for success in college and the work force.
Erica L. Groshen
Erica L. Groshen became the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics in January 2013. Prior to joining BLS, Dr. Groshen was a vice president in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has focused on labor markets over the business cycle, regional economics, wage rigidity and dispersion, the male-female wage differential, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She also served on advisory boards for BLS and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Before joining the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1994, Dr. Groshen was a visiting assistant professor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University and an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She was a visiting economist at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, in 1999–2000. Dr. Groshen earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Marla McDaniel, PhD. is a senior research associate at the Urban Institute in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. Her research focuses on racial disparities, low-income children and families, and the services and policy environments that touch their lives. She uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has directed several mixed-method studies and evaluations.
Her studies of children and youth have focused on low-income, disconnected, youth in foster care, and youth transitioning to adulthood. She is interested in the interconnection between vulnerabilities and how disparities across multiple domains, including health, education, and employment, have compounding effects on overall disparity. In recent work she has examined the differential employment outcomes for black and white high school graduates and dropouts. She is currently engaged in several projects focused on low-income men of color and interventions and barriers that affect men’s access to higher education and employment.
Marla McDaniel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College, and worked as a case manager with youth in foster care ages 17-21 in Chicago Illinois before earning a doctorate in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.
Thomas E. Perez was nominated by President Obama to serve as the nation's 26th Secretary of Labor, and was sworn in on July 23, 2013. Previously Sec. Perez served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. He previously served as the Secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. He worked closely with business leaders, community colleges and nonprofits on a dramatic overhaul of Maryland's workforce development system to ensure that workers have the skills to succeed, and employers have the workforce to thrive in the 21st century economy.
Sophie Quinton covers economic development as a staff writer at National Journal. Since joining National Journal, Ms. Quinton has covered the White House, politics, health care and national security, and she now writes for Next Economy, a joint project of The Atlantic and National Journal. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in English.
Janell Ross covers political, social and economic issues connected to the country's demographic changes for National Journal's Next America Project and also edits the Next America opinion page. Previously, she worked as a staff reporter covering political and economic issues at The Huffington Post, and she wrote about business, immigration, race, and social issues at The Tennessean in Nashville.
Ms. Ross has also covered local politics, labor, and higher education at both The News & Observer in Raleigh and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Her work has appeared on TheAtlantic.com, TheAtlanticCities.com, and TheRoot.com. She earned a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Lisa Severy is president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and has been a board member since 2011. NCDA is a founding division of the American Counseling Association and has proudly been serving the needs of career development professionals for the past 100 years.
Ms. Severy has been helping people author their life stories since becoming a career counselor in 1996. She worked at the University of Florida for seven years before becoming the director of career services at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she also serves as assistant vice chancellor of student affairs. She has degrees from Indiana University and the University of Florida and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. She has co-authored two books, “Making Career Decisions that Count” and “Turning Points.”
Amy Sullivan is a correspondent for National Journal and director of the Next Economy Project, a joint effort of National Journal and The Atlantic. She was previously a senior editor at TIME Magazine, where she directed coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries and wrote about politics, religion, and culture. Her first book, The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap, was published by Scribner in 2008.