Sharon Leu is Executive in Residence at Jobs for the Future (JFF), "a national nonprofit that drives change in the American workforce and education systems to achieve economic advancement for all". Building infrastructure for a skills-based talent marketplace, promoting credentials interoperability standards, and empowering individuals to use their data to access opportunity, Sharon has been focused on designing innovative programs that promote the effective use of technology in education and empowering leaders within education to use their data to access opportunity. Prior to joining JFF, Sharon served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education at the U.S. Department of Education, leading postsecondary education innovation initiatives at their Office of Educational Technology, leading initiatives to increasing access, decreasing cost, and improving outcomes for post secondary learners . Sharon also oversaw the design and implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's $2B Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, the largest federal investment in postsecondary innovation.
Sharon helps us reimagine new ways to reach and serve students who have faced structural barriers to social and economic mobility - this includes exploring the critical role of technology to increase access to educational opportunity for post-secondary learners. The issues she has chosen to focus on can help us to solve defining challenges of our time-promoting equitable teaching and learning in higher education.