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BRANDON G. ROBERTS, JR.

  

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

BRANDON ROBERTS + ASSOCIATES, LLC, CHEVY CHASE, MD.  (1990-2016)

Assist organizations in developing, improving and evaluating their strategic approach to education and skills development.  Recent work has focused on workforce development issues, community college skill training policies and practices, including career pathways, as well as anti-poverty strategies.  Specific projects include:

o          Evaluation of the Joyce Foundation’s Shifting Gears initiative, a project to assist six Midwest states to align and strengthen their postsecondary, adult basic education and skills development systems to better serve low-skilled adults.  The evaluation is a seven-year effort to analyze and document state progress, providing feedback to the funder, management team, and state system participants.

o          Manage the Working Poor Families Project, a national initiative focused on strengthening state workforce development policies on behalf of low-income workers and their families. The initiative currently works with nonprofit groups in 23 states and is supported by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, Joyce and Kresge foundations.  See:  http://www.workingpoorfamilies.org.

o          Evaluation of the Rhode Island Workforce Innovation Fund grant to develop on-ramps to career pathways.  The evaluation is a three year effort focused on providing formative feedback as well as assessing program implementation and measuring participant outcomes. The project is conducted in partnership with Public Policy Associates.

o          Evaluation of the Wisconsin TAACCCT grant to develop manufacturing adult career pathways in each of the Wisconsin Technical System colleges.  The evaluation is a four year effort focused on providing formative feedback as well as assessing program implementation and measuring participant outcomes. The project is conducted in partnership with OMG and DVP-Praxis, LTD.

o          Conducted a management evaluation for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of their new national initiative to improve transitions from adult basic education to community college credit-based credentials.  The Accelerating Opportunity initiative involves other national foundations (Joyce, Kellogg, Kresge and Open Society Foundation), a national intermediary with technical assistance partners, eleven states, and multiple community college and adult education programs.

o          Technical assistance to state and local Workforce Investment Act organizations to help improve the performance outcomes of their youth and adult workforce development programs.  The project was conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by Public/Private Ventures.  Assistance was provided to more than 20 state WIA organizations and over 35 local Workforce Investment Boards.

o          Assessment of best policies and practices among community colleges and state systems seeking to develop career pathways for low-wage workers and educationally disadvantaged adults.  A project funded by the Ford, Hewlett, and Irvine Foundations under the auspices of the Workforce Strategy Center and resulting in a publication entitled “Building a Career Pathways System.”

o          An analysis and report for Public/Private Ventures on partnerships between community colleges and community non-profits in delivering education and training services to low-income populations. The work resulted in a P/PV publication entitled: “The Best of Both: Community Colleges and Community-Based Organizations Partner to Better Serve Low-Income Workers and Employers.”

o          Assistance in the review and assessment of state workforce development policies and actions for Public/Private Ventures.  One project examined states involved in early implementation of the Workforce Investment Act.  The other project focused on state retention and advancement policies and resulted in the publication of States of Change: Policies to Promote Low-Wage Workers’ Steady Employment and Advancement.

o          Evaluation of a National League of Cities demonstration program that assists five cities -- Dayton, Flint, Modesto, Oklahoma City, and Pasadena -- in developing economic and workforce development strategies that assists low-income residents to obtain living wage jobs.

o          Evaluation of the U.S. Trade Adjustment Assistance program conducted in partnership with The Urban Institute. The evaluation sought to determine the impact of trade adjustment assistance on firm performance and to assess whether the current delivery system is effective or could be better administered by the Manufacturing Extension Program or Small Business Development Center Program.

o          Evaluation of Oregon's workforce development system which included an assessment of 23 programs. The assessment examined workforce development programs focused on education reform, job training and economic development with priority attention given to school-to-work, JOBS, and targeted and key industries training programs. The project was conducted for the Governor's Workforce Quality Council.

o          Assistance to Massachusetts in developing performance measures for their School-to-Work initiative as well as an assessment of Oregon's  School-to-Work and workforce development programs.

COUNCIL OF STATE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES (COSCAA), WASHINGTON, D.C. (1987-1990)

Deputy Director - Developed and managed programs for state economic development agencies.  Conducted technical assistance, training, and evaluation projects on state economic development and investment strategies. Represented state agencies as liaison to U.S. Congress and Federal Agencies.  Some programs included:

o          Identification and analysis of the use of Community Development Block Grant funds for economic and business development (Funded by Aspen Foundation and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1989)

o          Assessment of innovative state economic development policies for expanding opportunities in employment and self-sufficiency for the disadvantaged (Funded by Ford Foundation 1988)

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (EDA), WASHINGTON, D.C. (1982-1987)

Senior Technical Assistant Specialist - Served as special assistant to the Deputy Director for Grant Programs.  Assisted in developing program policies, strategies and procedures, and in guiding and coordinating professional staff in administering five economic development research, technical assistance, and planning grant programs totaling $37 million annually.

In addition, served as project officer and evaluation specialist for several major Technical Assistance and Research Program grants, including a project to evaluate the effectiveness of revolving loan programs in stimulating economic development in distressed areas, a project to promote export development, a project to examine the objectives and enterprise support networks of business incubators, and another to assess the effectiveness of EDA's industrial park program in generating employment opportunities in distressed areas.

NETHERLANDS MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS, TRANSPORTATION AND WATERWAYS, IJSSELMEERPOLDERS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, LELYSTAD, NETHERLANDS (1981-1982)

Economic Research Associate - Advised in the formulation of a regional economic and business development institution and program.  Emphasis placed on stimulating the development and growth of small businesses.  Activities included examining and analyzing Dutch and European economic development processes and institutions, as well as assessing the viability of a local, public-private economic development fund.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION, WASHINGTON, D.C.  (1980-1981)

Economic Development Planning Specialist - Designed, developed and refined EDA planning concepts and policies for urban and rural areas, as well as translated new policies into program guidelines and operating strategies.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY, WASHINGTON, D.C.  (1979)

Policy Analyst - Served as staff assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Science, Engineering and Technology Advisory Panel (ISETAP).  Represented the needs and problems of state and local governments and sought to direct federal research and development resources, programs and activities to be more responsive to those needs and problems.  Duties included preparing reports; working with White House, Federal, state and local government officials; and preparing agenda and briefing materials for public advisory meetings.

OFFICE OF HAROLD F. WISE, PLANNING CONSULTANTS,

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (1977-1979)

Associate Planner - Directed and conducted research and analyses on issues concerning state and local governments.  Prepared reports for numerous clients in the areas of intergovernmental relations, economic and community development, applied science and technology, environmental protection, and federal assistance programs.  Supervised several employees in the management of a year-long grant from the National Science Foundation on the application of science and technology to the problems of state and local governments.

 

EDUCATION

M.S., Urban and Regional Planning (emphasis in Policy Planning and Intergovernmental Relations), Florida State University, June 1977.

B.A., Government Major (emphasis in Public Administration), Florida State University, August 1975