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September 20, 2020
 
SkillWorks Names Andre Green as Its New Executive Director
Andre Green
Andre Green

August 17, 2020 —The Boston Foundation today announced that SkillWorks, a funder collaborative and public/private partnership between the foundation and the City of Boston to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts, named Andre Green as its executive director.

He succeeds Marybeth Campbell, who served in the post for nearly five years until she stepped down last summer to become executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council.

“SkillWorks relies on cross-sector approaches to improve opportunities for individuals seeking jobs with family-sustaining wages, and Andre’s experience across education and workforce development and his unwavering commitment to justice and equity make him a natural fit for the role of executive director,” said Orlando Watkins, co-chair of the SkillWorks initiative.

SkillWorks, based at The Boston Foundation (TBF), is

Green most recently served as executive director of FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. Prior to that, he served in a number of different roles, including stints with MassCreative, On Solid Ground, and YouthBuild USA.

“Andre’s history as a partnership builder and strong advocate for equitable treatment in education and the workforce will serve him well at SkillWorks,” said Trinh Nguyen, director of the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development and co-chair of the SkillWorks initiative. “At a time when COVID-19 and other factors are putting families and jobseekers under increasing strain, his ability to come up with innovative, partner-driven solutions will enable SkillWorks to serve the diverse needs of the Greater Boston community even more effectively.”

Green earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology from Bard College at Simon's Rock. He is a member of the Somerville School Committee and a board member of Arts|Learning.

Established in 2003, SkillWorks a collaborative of philanthropy, government, community organizations, and employers working to help low-skill individuals get family-supporting jobs and employers find skilled workers. Since its founding, it helped thousands of low-income jobseekers and low-wage workers and created a pipeline of talent for the region’s highest demand businesses and industries. These include more than 100 employers seeking qualified employees for jobs in healthcare, biotech, construction, financial services, hospitality, green jobs, and most recently, IT/ technology.

Hosted by the Boston Foundation, SkillWorks acts as a workforce intermediary that pools funding from public, private, and corporate philanthropy to create a flexible set of resources that can be steered to innovative solutions across community-based organizations, vocational training, community colleges, and employers.

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