AACCâ€™S Reclaiming the American Dream Report
Kathryn Jo Mannes
Senior Vice President Workforce and Economic Development
American Association of Community Colleges
Kathryn Jo Mannes is a national expert in workforce development and innovative public-private partnerships that produce labor and human resource solutions. Currently, she is Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development at the American Association of Community Colleges to help expand the capacity of community colleges in the workforce and economic development arena. She focuses particularly on projects that encourage collaboration, leverage resources, and build sustainable alliances.
Mannesâ€™ experience includes extensive work in the retail and service sector to develop skill standards, national certifications, and training models. As Managing Director of Workforce Development for the National Retail Federationâ€™s Foundation for over 15 years, she oversaw the launch of over 25 Skills Centers across the country.
Prior to 1995, Kathy was employed by Dusco Community Services, Inc., representing an international shopping center developer and projects promoting education and work reform. She served as Executive Director of the Council for Adult Education and Learningâ€™s (CAEL) East Coast Center. She also directed continuing education and contract training at The American University in Washington, DC for ten years
Kathy holds a masterâ€™s degree in education and reading from Tufts University and a bachelorâ€™s degree from Brown University. She began her career in the classroom, teaching English, literature, and literacy skills at the secondary and postsecondary levels.