David J. Socolow

Director, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success

David Socolow is director of the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, where he leads CLASP’s work to advance state and federal policies that increase access to and success in workforce development, career pathways, and postsecondary education for low-income, lower-skilled adults.

Mr. Socolow has worked to promote workers’ economic security in federal and state government, on Capitol Hill, and in both union and corporate roles. He served for four years as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, after serving as Director of New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Division, and as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary in the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Socolow was also Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Pinnacle Foods Inc., chief of staff to a Member of Congress, and legislative representative at the AFL-CIO. He has an undergraduate degree in social studies from Harvard University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University.

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