Plinio Ayala

Plinio Ayala was born and raised in the South Bronx, just as it grew into a national emblem for urban poverty and disinvestment. His experience instilled a lifelong passion for creating economic opportunity. Shortly after graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in American Studies, he devoted his career to building “win-win” solutions to social […]

Beth F. Cobert

Beth F. Cobert is the former President of the Markle Foundation. In this role, she led Markle Foundation’s Rework America Alliance – a unique partnership of nonprofits, private sector employers, labor unions, and educators working to open opportunities for people from low-wage roles to move into good jobs with opportunities for career advancement. The focus […]

Patrice Cromwell

Patrice Cromwell focuses on improving educational and economic opportunities and systems for low-income workers and parents, as well as their children. Prior to being appointed as Vice President for the Center for Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s (AECF), she led its Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential – a multi-state effort to […]

Laurie Dien

Laurie Dien grew up in St. Louis with dreams first of designing toys and later entire playgrounds. She went on to earn a B.A. from Barnard and a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the CUNY Graduate School. Only then did she realize that her true motivation was a desire to improve the lives of young […]

Maria Flynn

Maria Flynn has had a longstanding commitment to workforce policy and is a national authority on the role of technology in the labor market, career pathways for learners, workers underserved by the education system, and employer engagement. She has testified on workforce system reform before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. […]

Tom Iovino

With over 40 years of experience as a visionary leader in the construction and infrastructure space, Tom Iovino is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Iovino Enterprises, a group of affiliated companies in the greater NYC area that perform civil and general contracting, track, signal, and mechanical work. Collectively, Iovino Enterprises is one of […]

Matthew Klein

Matt Klein brings extensive experience in nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and civic leadership to Robin Hood, after serving in leadership roles with the Mayor’s Office, Blue Ridge Foundation New York, and youth development services. For the last seven years, Klein has led the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity), a 70-person, multi-disciplinary […]

Matt McKeever

Matt recently moved into a role as Director at Jobs for the Future. Until November 2023, Matt served as the chief of staff and senior manager for learning and evaluation at the Markle Foundation. In this dual role, Matt acted as a thought-partner and problem-solver for the Markle team, focusing on strategy, operations, and learning. […]

Jenna Schornack

Jenna is a Senior Awards Director for Lever for Change and serves as the client lead and primary relationship manager for donor partners who sponsor customized competitions or wish to identify projects to fund through the Lever for Change Bold Solutions Network. Prior to joining Lever for Change, she was an Assistant Account Manager at […]

Brian Turmail

As the Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA), Brian Turmail develops and oversees all public, member, and chapter communications activities (27,000 member construction trade associations and 89 national chapters). He works directly with national, regional, and local media to generate coverage of the construction industry […]

Meredith Woods

Meredith Woods serves as the Senior Director of Education Advancement and Credentialing at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA), where she leads the charge in preparing the construction industry for the challenges of the workforce development future. Meredith’s responsibilities at AGCA include overseeing training, education, credentialing programs, as well as spearheading workforce development initiatives. […]