Kathryn Jo Mannes
Kathryn Jo Mannes is a national expert in workforce development and innovative public-private partnerships that produce labor and human resource solutions. Currently, she directs the Center for Workforce and Economic Development at the American Association of Community Colleges to help expand the capacity of community colleges in the workforce and economic development arena.
Her experience includes extensive work in the retail and service sector to develop skill standards, national certifications, and training models for use by industry, education, and government and community agencies. As managing director of workforce development for the National Retail Federation’s Foundation for over 15 years, she oversaw the launch of Skills Centers across the country to help over 50,000 people enter and advance in retail and related careers. She focuses particularly on projects that encourage collaboration, leverage resources, and build sustainable alliances.
Kathy operates as an independent consultant. Her clients have included Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Education to Go/Cengage Learning, Corporate Voices for Working Families, U.S. Department of Labor, National Alliance for Business, the College Board, Public/Private Ventures, O*NET, Johns Hopkins University, National Institute for Literacy, and other trade associations, companies, colleges, and states concerned with workforce development, marketing, and strategic planning.
She has contributed to many publications and regularly presents at national conferences on topics related to workforce development, learning, career advancement, and the ways they connect. She serves on the boards of the Workforce Investment Board of Montgomery County, Maryland, the Center for Employment Opportunities in New York City, and the National Center for Children and Families. Prior to 1995, Kathy was employed by Dusco Community Services, Inc., representing an international shopping center developer and projects promoting education and work reform. She has extensive experience developing training linkages between colleges and industry, and served as executive director of the Council for Adult Education and Learning’s (CAEL) East Coast Center. She also directed continuing education and contract training at The American University in Washington, DC for ten years.
Kathy holds a master’s degree in education and reading from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She began her career in the classroom teaching English, literature, and literacy skills at the secondary and postsecondary levels.
NCCET would like to thank Kathy for serving as AACC's Liaison to us!