David Soo

Chief of Staff, Jobs for the Future (JFF)

David Soo serves as Chief of Staff at Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit that accelerates the alignment and transformation of the American workforce and education systems to ensure access to economic advancement for all.  He provides strategic and programmatic leadership for the organization and serves on its executive committee.  David previously spent more than seven years at the U.S. Department of Education in the Offices of the Secretary and Under Secretary, focusing on innovation in postsecondary education.  There he developed policy and programs to spur innovation, including the EQUIP experimental site, First in the World grant program, and two challenges to reimagine the higher education ecosystem; and led a series of convenings by the Department and the Obama White House to promote innovation.  He began at the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2011.  David earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  David is from Newton, Massachusetts and lives in the District of Columbia.

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