May 15-17, 2015 Cambridge, MA

THOMAS BAILEY is the George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also Director of the Community College Research Center and two National Centers: the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment and the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. In 2010, Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, appointed him chair of the Committee on Measures of Student Success, which developed recommendations for community colleges to comply with completion rate disclosure requirements under the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Bailey has been a member of the National Academy of Education since 2012.

RONNIE L. BOOTH is the third president of Tri-County Technical College. During his seven years at the school, Dr. Booth has launched the College’s first two branch campuses with a third branch soon to open. He has also initiated several new programs, including the Gateway to College program for high school drop-outs and the Bridge to Clemson program with Clemson University. He previously served as vice president of external programs at Gainesville College in Georgia and in various capacities at Piedmont College, Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary, and numerous other schools.

MICHAEL CROW became the 16th president of Arizona State University in 2002. He was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he was also professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. Crow served as the chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise and is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

ROSS GITTELL is Chancellor of the Community College System of NH. He has an extensive background in university teaching and strategic planning. Gittell’s focus has been on applying economic, organizational and management theory to regional, state, and community economic development issues. He has been a resource for non-profit and business decision makers nationally on issues such as economic policy, workforce development, job creation strategies, community development, and the business climate.

SARA GOLDRICK-RAB is the Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and writing discusses the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the US. In multiple experimental, longitudinal, and mixed methods research projects, she has examined the implications of financial aid policies, welfare reform, transfer practices, and a range of interventions aimed at increasing college attainment among marginalized populations. In May of 2014, Goldrick-Rab became the founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, a research laboratory aimed at identifying new and effective ways to minimize barriers to college completion.

ANTONIA HERNANDEZ became president and chief executive officer of California Community Foundation, a large and active philanthropic organization in Southern California, in 2004. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for health and human services, affordable housing, early childhood education, community arts and culture and other areas of need. Prior to this position, Ms. Hernandez was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation’s Latinos.

HARRY HOLZER, prior to going to Georgetown, served as Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and professor of economics at Michigan State University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in 1995, and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Over most of his career, Professor Holzer’s research has focused primarily on the low-wage labor market, and particularly the problems of minority workers in urban areas. In recent years he has worked on the quality of jobs as well as workers in the labor market, and how job quality affects the employment prospects of the disadvantaged as well as worker inequality and insecurity more broadly. He has also written extensively about the employment problems of disadvantaged men, advancement prospects for the working poor, and workforce policy more broadly.

ANDREW KELLY is the director of the Center on Higher Education Reform and resident scholar in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on higher education policy, innovation, financial aid reform, and the politics of education policy. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at AEI, where his work focused on the preparation of school leaders, collective bargaining in public schools, and the politics of education. He is also co-editor of “Stretching the Higher Education Dollar: How Innovation Can Improve Access, Equity, and Affordability”.

JOHN V. LADD became the Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship in January 2008. As the Administrator, John has responsibility for oversight of the National Registered Apprenticeship System, which operates in cooperation with State agencies, businesses, industry, employers, employer associations, labor and management organizations and educational institutions. Prior to his appointment, John served as the Deputy Administrator for the Office of National Response and the Director of Regional Management in the Office of Field Operations. John received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government.

HERMANN NEHLS is the Counselor for Labor, Health and Social Affairs for DGB, the largest trade union federation. He is responsible for the development of strategic proposals to DGB’s governing body, development and implementation of educational policy related to initial and continuing training with the interests of DGB, and international duties.

KATHERINE NEWMAN is the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her office oversees the academic missions of the campus in education, scholarship, and outreach and services. Prior to her current position she was the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins. She was one of the original members of the Saguaro Seminar and has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia. A noted sociologist, Newman has written 12 books on the working poor, middle class economic insecurity and school violence.

TOM SANDER is the Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, a program at Harvard Kennedy School that has brought together leading practitioners and thinkers for a multi-year discussion to develop broad-scale, actionable ideas to fortify our nation’s civic connectedness. He managed the research teams (and often served as senior researcher) for the research projects culminating with the books Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (2015), American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010), Better Together (2003) and Bowling Alone (2000). He was the project manager on the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey – the largest survey of social capital to-date (surveying over 30,000 Americans in 41 communities in 2000) – and on two panel surveys on social capital after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

DOROTHY STONEMAN is the Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., which supports over 265 YouthBuild programs in the US and internationally. She is also chairman of the National YouthBuild Coalition. After joining the Civil Rights movement in 1964, Stoneman lived and worked for 24 years in Harlem. She was first a public school teacher and then director of a community based day care center before beginning the first YouthBuild program in East Harlem in 1978 and served as its director for ten years. Over time she has built grassroots coalitions that have succeeded in obtaining over one billion dollars of city, state, and federal funds for community-based organizations to implement programs for youth and community development in low-income neighborhoods.