As senior vice president and key member of the Office of the CEO, Maria Flynn leads the Jobs for the Future’s Building Economic Opportunity Group, working to help entry-level adults advance to family-supporting careers while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. Ms. Flynn also leads JFF’s federal policy and advocacy strategies, which are focused on advancing the educational needs of untrained Americans and developing a skilled workforce. As a leading expert on issues like career pathways, employer engagement,sector strategies and place-based initiatives. Her team provides technical assistance, coaching, documentation, labor market analysis, and evaluation support to a wide range of projects supported by public and private funders.
Ms. Flynn has 25 years of experience in the workforce development field. Prior to joining JFF in 2007, she was a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service and was the administrator of the Office of Policy Development and Research in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. In that role, she oversaw development of employment and training policies, managed the agency’s research and evaluation strategy, and supported agency budget and appropriations activities. Ms. Flynn also coordinated the agency’s legislative, regulatory, and international affairs agendas and outreach to philanthropic organizations. Within the Employment and Training Administration, Ms. Flynn previously led the Division of One-Stop Operations, where she developed the policy and technical assistance framework necessary to enable states and local communities to establish comprehensive one-stop delivery systems designed to provide quality services to jobseekers, workers, and employers. She also served as team leader for the interagency policy group charged with implementing the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. In the 1990s, Ms. Flynn played key roles in the National School-to-Work initiative and in the launch of the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills initiative. Ms. Flynn earned her bachelor of arts in international relations and economics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a master’s in government administration at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the proud mom of two daughters.