May 25, 2018
Maria Flynn Named President and CEO of Jobs for the Future

Maria Flynn
November 17, 2016 — Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit based in Boston that works to create educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations, earlier this week announced that Maria K. Flynn has been named president and chief executive officer.

Flynn will take over in December from Marlene Seltzer, who has been serving on an interim basis for the last six months following the departure of Gina Burkhardt, who stepped down after 15 months in the job.

Following a national search, the board of Jobs for the Future (JFF) found its next leader on staff. Flynn joined JFF nine years ago as vice president of Building Economic Opportunity Group. She most recently served as senior vice president.

“With 25 years of experience in the workforce development and education fields, Maria’s keen instincts, strong management acumen, and strategic vision make her the ideal choice for the job,” said Guy Patton, JFF board chair. “She has proven her leadership time and again during her time at JFF. Her deep external network and her highly regarded national reputation are critical to lead JFF into its next chapter.”

Flynn will join the JFF board of directors in connection with her new role.

Earlier, Flynn served on the federal government’s Senior Executive Service and as administrator of the Office of Policy Development and Research in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. In that capacity, she developed policies for all of the agency’s programs, managed the agency's research and evaluation strategy, appropriations activities, and its $12 billion budget and 1,200 employees.

“I am thrilled and honored to lead JFF, its people and its programs, to fulfill the organization’s mission of building economic mobility for all,” said Flynn. “In this time of national divisiveness, JFF’s work to help communities create strong education and economic systems is more urgent and compelling than we’ve seen in a long time. I look forward to continuing our collaborative work with funders and partners across the country.”

Flynn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and affairs from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Government Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a frequent speaker at workforce development and education industry events, active on social media, and blogs regularly on

Established as nonprofit in 1986, JFF aims to provide a path for lower-income young people to complete college and achieve career success, help underprepared students gain the skills they need to earn postsecondary credentials with high labor market value, and enable lower-skilled workers to obtain the education and training required to move into family-supporting careers with opportunities for advancement.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2014, JFF reported $31.2 million in revenue, of which $24.7 million came from contributions and grants, and $30.2 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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