Fred Dedrick joined the National Fund for Workforce Solutions as its first Executive Director in March of 2010.
Mr. Dedrick has more than 30 years of experience in addressing local and regional needs, including improving workforce development through partnerships. Most recently, he served as Pennsylvania's Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, overseeing roughly $150 million in federal and state workforce funding. He also served on the executive committee of JOIN, Philadelphia's regional collaborative supported by the National Fund.
Prior to his tenure as Deputy Secretary, Mr. Dedrick was the Executive Director of Pennsylvania's statewide Workforce Investment Board, developing recommendations for Governor Ed Rendall regarding workforce policy and strategy. He also has held various leadership roles statewide and in Philadelphia that involved attracting new businesses, developing industry-specific education programs, and engaging in other workforce-related activities.
Mr. Dedrick earned his Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and his MPA from Princeton University. He currently serves on the leadership council of the National Skills Coalition.
Navjeet Singh is deputy director for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, which is an unprecedented initiative of national and local funders whose goal is the career advancement of low-wage workers using a model of substantial employer engagement to increase the potential for successful outcomes.
Navjeet has more than 25 years of experience in workforce and economic development, and in the technology sector. Most recently he served as vice president at Commonwealth Corporation leading its Applied Research and Evaluation team that researches trends in education and workforce, and measures the success of related programs. He also worked on projects such as evaluation of sector partnerships, analysis of labor supply and demand, and studies of the health care and manufacturing workforce. Navjeet has also served on the staff of the Southeastern Massachusetts Partnership, an innovative economic development partnership of a university and five cities.
Navjeet holds a Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and a Master's from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves on both the Advisory Board of the New England Public Policy Center and the Oversight Committee of English for New Bostonians.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
- Measuring Business Impact: A Workforce Development Practitioner's Guide
- Measuring Business Impact: Lessons Learned from Workforce Development in Massachusetts
- Breaking the Language Barrier: A Report on English Language Services in Greater Boston
- Identifying Labor Shortages and Influencing Policy in Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Manufacturing Chartbook
As Executive Assistant to the National Fund's Executive Director, Shannon Mason maintains and updates content for the program's web site and acts as liaison to the fund's Investor Committee, all sub-committees, and the directors of each regional National Fund site.
Ms. Mason has 10 years of experience in project management, fundraising, and political campaigning. Before joining the National Fund, she handled client relations and product management for General Lock/Clark Security Products. Before that, she served as campaign manager for Marshall Merrifield, the 2008 candidate for San Diego city councilmember (District 1). She was also director of the Diocese of San Diego's Secondary Education Initiative, developing and implementing fundraising programs in support of the initiative's $425 million campaign to build new high schools and establish a tuition endowment fund.
Ms. Mason is a certified paralegal and a volunteer for Horizons for Homeless Children, Cambridge Arts Council and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She holds an Associate's degree in biology from San Diego City College.
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