Fred DedrickFred Dedrick, Executive Director, NFWS
Executive Director
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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 has also 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 and the Department of Commerce's Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Navjeet Singh
Deputy Director
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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 where he lead its Applied Research and Evaluation team; the team 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, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and a Master's from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Navjeet serves on the Research Advisory Board of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank's New England Public Policy Center, the Board of Directors of English for New Bostonians and the Board of Directors of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) the oldest Sikh American civil rights and educational organization.  

Kelly Aiken
CareerSTAT Director
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Kelly L. Aiken is a workforce development leader with over 20 years of experience building and sustaining multi-sector partnerships focused on providing low wage workers access to career pathways and family-sustaining jobs.  She recently joined the National Fund for Workforce Solutions as the Director of CareerSTAT, an employer-led network of healthcare leaders promoting investment in frontline worker career and skill development.  Prior to joining the National Fund, Kelly served as Director of Labor and Workforce Development at the Massachusetts Senior Care Association where she helped develop the employer-led Quality Jobs for Quality Care Initiative to give nursing home workers a pathway to a living wage.  From 2006-14, Kelly served as Director of Healthcare Workforce Initiatives at the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County in Springfield, MA.  Kelly earned Master degree’s in education and community development from the University of California Davis and a Bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado Boulder.  

Elicia Wilson, Esq.
Senior Program Manager
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Elicia Wilson is the senior program manager for the National Fund, providing research, writing and technical assistance to the Fund's 35 grantee sites nationwide. She also helps manage the CareerSTAT initiative to promote hospital investment in the education and career advancement of their frontline workers.

With extensive legal and nonprofit experience, Ms. Wilson previously served as a research assistant and law clerk for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a national nonprofit that helps unaccompanied children navigate the U.S. immigration system.  She has also worked for several public and private law offices and volunteered at City Life, a Boston grassroots group that promotes socioeconomic equalty.

Ms. Wilson earned a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor's degree in business administration from Bryant University.

Matt Surka
Program Manager
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Matt Surka is a program manager for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, which supports local funding collaboratives investing in workforce partnerships that recruit, train, place, retain, and advance new and incumbent workers in key industry sectors. He provides grant management and technical assistance to the National Fund’s grantee sites.

Before joining JFF, Mr. Surka was an editor and research director at CFO Publishing LLC, a media company that provides insight and advice to senior finance executives.

Mr. Surka holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Brown University.

Jacob ClarkJacob Clark
Communications Manager
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Jacob Clark is the Communications Manager at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. He is responsible for handling the National Fund’s external and internal communications strategies including interacting with press and media, managing various social media platforms, and maintaining the National Fund’s website.

Prior to joining the National Fund, Mr. Clark was the Director of Communications for Common Sense Action, a national millennial political advocacy group, where he conducted press relations and placed op-eds in multiple national and regional outlets including the Providence Journal and Fortune Magazine and developed communications strategy and organizational partnerships for a national voter registration drive. Mr. Clark has held former communication roles with the Bipartisan Policy Center, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Jobs for the Future.

Mr. Clark holds of Bachelor’s in international relations from Tufts University.

Kathleen O'Shea
Program Associate
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Kathleen joined JFF with over four years of administrative experience with organizations such as Bingham and McCutchen, JSI Research and Training Institute, and Boston Consulting Group. She has assisted with fundraising efforts in Facing History and Ourselves, and World Education.

She developed an early penchant for workforce development as an intern when she helped refugees from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East attain stable employment through the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.