Eric M. Seleznow is a Senior Advisor with Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. JFF develops innovative programs and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled, competitive workforce. Eric works closely with the Building Economic Opportunity group to further the organization’s goals of advancing innovative workforce policy and programs.
Prior to joining JFF, Eric served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration under Secretary Tom Perez, where he focused on the Obama administration’s vision for workforce development, skills training and apprenticeship.
Seleznow has over thirty years of experience managing a range of workforce development and correctional reentry programs at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to his post at DOL, Seleznow served as the State Policy Director with the National Skills Coalition, working to strengthen state workforce policies. He previously served as a local workforce director for the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Economic Development, and as executive director of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) under former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Seleznow’s previous experience also includes nearly 20 years in the corrections system operating jail-based training, employment and pre-release programs – re-entry efforts for which he is still regarded as a national expert.
Eric is a graduate of Northeastern University and resides in Washington, D.C.