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. Navjeet serves on the Research Advisory Board of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank's New England Public Policy Center, the Oversight Committee 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.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
- Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner's Guide
- 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
Matt Surka is a project 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.
Linnea Walsh leads strategic communications and outreach for the National Fund, and brings extensive experience developing and implementing a range of high level executive communications, marketing communications, media relations as well as program and project management.
She has advised for-profit and nonprofit organization on media and social media strategies, and generated content for a variety of print and electronic communications, achieving client goals and objerctives in alignment with broader business strategy. As director of communications with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, she served as chief communications advisor to the Office of the Governor and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development on labor and workforce development issues, and developed and executed multi-faceted campaigns to increase the visibility of and build legislative and business suppport for initiatives to advance job creation, business competitiveness and economic and employment opportunities. Prior positions include press secretary with the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training (DET), and deputy director of the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP), a bi-partisan initiative aimed at increasing the number of women appointed to senior-level positions in state government.
A native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Ms. Walsh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bridgewater State University, and has completed graduate level coursework in Non-Profit Management and Public Policy at Radcliffe College.
Elicia Wilson, Esq.
Elicia Wilson is a project manager for the National Fund, providing research, writing and technical assistance to the Fund's 30 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 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.