WILLIAM PATE co-founded Ad Hoc Analytics, a DC-based minority- and womanowned statistical consulting firm specializing in quantitative program evaluation; and providing consulting services to nonprofit organizations, federal and state government clients, and other consulting firms on projects related to criminal justice, education, mentoring, and minority issues in higher education. Previously he served as the Assistant Director of the American Psychological Association Center for Workforce Studies.
MELISSA GOLDBERG is Director of Competencies and Credentials at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. She leads efforts to increase economic mobility for low-wage workers and address racial disparities by dramatically expanding the use of competencies and non-degree credentials. Throughout her career, she has counseled community college workforce leaders on improving student outcomes, facilitated state and regional strategic planning efforts, authored studies of effective workforce development practices, and provided technical assistance to foundations, federal agencies, businesses, and community colleges across the country
LUCIA WEATHERS is the communications lead for Credential As You Go. She participates on the Leadership Team for the initiative and develops and implements communications strategies for the work. She is also CEO of Weathers Strategy Group (WSG), a mission-driven, strategic communications and consulting agency. For the last 15 years, she’s held positions leading marketing and communications efforts at national organizations focused on philanthropy, education, state and federal policy.
KIRK KNESTIS is founding Principal of the DC-area research firm Evaluand LLC. He is an education researcher with a practice specializing in the evaluation and R&D of innovations in STEM and workforce education, including studies funded by the NSF and U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. He has particular expertise in performance- and portfolio-based learning assessment, and use of mixed-method approaches to study complex programs.
DIAMOND WILLIAMS is a Senior Policy Associate on the Competencies and Credentials Team at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. She supports efforts to expand the use of competencies and credentials within learning and talent management systems to remove educational barriers and increase career opportunities for low-wage workers with a particular emphasis on people of color. Diamond has served as a program developer, direct service provider and adviser. Previously, as Employment and Education Specialist at Café Reconcile, Diamond supported the organization’s mission to address the system of generational poverty, violence and neglect leading an innovative employability training curriculum coupled with social service supports.
ASHLEY FRANK is Project Coordinator for the Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning at SUNY Empire State College. Previously, she coordinated the Individualized Prior Learning Assessment portfolio process for the Institution’s largest Center.