Our Team and Our Partners
Eric M. Seleznow
Eric M. Seleznow is a senior advisor and directs JFF's Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning. He works
to further the organization’s goals of advancing innovative workforce policy
and programs. Mr. Seleznow is contributing to the organization’s work on
apprenticeship, reentry, and sector strategies.
Prior to JFF, Mr. Seleznow served as deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s, Employment and Training Administration, under Secretary Tom Perez. During his tenure at USDOL/ETA, he focused on implementing the Obama administration’s vision for workforce development, skills training, and registered apprenticeship.
Mr. Seleznow has over 30 years of experience managing a range of workforce development and correctional reentry programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to his position at DOL, he served as the state policy director with the National Skills Coalition, executive director of the Maryland Governor's Workforce Investment Board, and as the local workforce board director for the Montgomery County (MD.) Department of Economic Development. His 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. Mr. Seleznow is a graduate of Northeastern University and resides in Washington, DC.
President & CEO
As President and CEO of Jobs for the Future, Maria Flynn leads JFF’s overall growth strategy, including funding diversification, strategic planning, partnership building, system deployment, change management, and talent development. She is responsible for all of JFF’s programs and operations in a highly collaborative environment across its education and workforce development sectors.
Ms. Flynn has 25 years of experience in the workforce development and education fields. Prior to joining JFF in 2007, she was a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service and served as the administrator of the Office of Policy Development and Research in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
Vice President, Building Economic Opportunity
Kathy Mannes is the vice president of Building Economic Opportunity Group at Jobs for the Future. Ms. Mannes leads the organization’s body of work dedicated to increasing opportunities for low-income, low-skilled adults to obtain the education and skills necessary to attain productive jobs and careers.
Previously, Ms. Mannes was appointed to the U.S. Department of Labor to help launch a new Center for Workforce and Industry Partnerships. She also served as the senior vice president for Workforce and Economic Development at the American Association of Community Colleges, and the managing director of Workforce Development for the National Retail Federation’s Foundation.
Charlotte Cahill is an associate director for the Pathways to Prosperity Network at Jobs for the Future. Dr. Cahill leads state policy and strategy work for the Network and oversees the Pathways to Prosperity regional asset mapping process. She also provides technical assistance to states and regions in the Network and conducts research to support the Pathways to Prosperity work. Dr. Cahill’s research interests include work-based learning, labor market information, economic development, and federal and state policies to support the development of career pathways systems.
Prior to joining JFF, Dr. Cahill worked at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), where she conducted policy research and facilitated a peer-learning network of colleges and universities focused on strengthening postsecondary programs and career pathways for student veterans. Dr. Cahill has taught at several colleges and universities, including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. She holds a B.A. in history from Boston College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of U.S. public policy from Northwestern University.
Director, Work-Based Learning
Fran Kennedy is a director in JFF’s Building Economic Opportunity Group. Her focus is to advance workforce, community and sector-based strategies while strengthening partnerships with employers and industry. She recently led a JFF team in providing technical assistance to three pilot sites focused on work-based learning delivery system models.
Ms. Kennedy has 20 years of workforce, economic and business development experience. She has served as the associate deputy director for the California Employment Development Department Workforce Services Branch and executive staff for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration’s Region Six Office.
Deborah Kobes is an associate director with Jobs for the Future's Building Economic Opportunity Group. She helps manage JFF’s work in apprenticeship and work-based learning, which includes providing technical assistance and coaching to workforce partnerships that recruit, train, place, retain, and advance new and incumbent workers in key industry sectors. Her work focuses primarily on expanding access to and success in technical careers by women, people of color, and other underrepresented populations.
Before joining JFF, Dr. Kobes was projects director and the first employee of the Emerald Cities Collaborative. She has also held research positions or fellowships at MIT, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute.
Myriam Milfort Sullivan is an associate director at Jobs for the Future, helping low-skilled adults advance to family-supporting careers while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. Prior to this project, Ms. Sullivan led Credentials That Work, JFF’s emerging work in the development and application of labor market information and workforce research.
Before joining JFF, Ms. Sullivan served as a presidential management fellow within the U.S. Department of Labor. She also worked at the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.