Julian L. Alssid is Chief Workforce Strategist at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University (CfA) where he is responsible for ensuring that CfA’s offerings have labor market relevance. Julian also oversees CfA’s Signature Initiatives—partnerships with large intermediaries and employers that expand the scope and scale of CfA as a competency-based solution for higher education.
Julian is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development innovation and policy. He has over 25 years of experience working with decision makers who seek to grow the economy and create a pipeline of skilled talent. Prior to joining College for America, Julian founded and directed Workforce Strategy Center where he advised over 20 states on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing talent development strategies.
Julian has authored major studies on workforce strategy including: Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Survey, Building a Career Pathways System: Promising Practices in Community College-Centered Workforce Development, and Building Bridges to College and Careers: Contextualized Basic Skills Programs at Community Colleges. His views on engaging employers, online education, and addressing the skills gap have received extensive attention in national and local media, and I speak and write regularly on the need for policy and educational reform in the field. He is a regular blogger for Huffington Post.
Julian has held senior positions in education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce (now the Partnership for New York City), LaGuardia Community College, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City.