Neil RidleyInterim Co-Director, Workforce Development Policy Expertise employment policy, unemployment insurance, postsecondary education
Mr. Ridley is a senior policy analyst and interim co-director of the Workforce Development team at CLASP. His focus includes employment policy, workforce development, and postsecondary education for low-income individuals. Prior to CLASP, Mr. Ridley was a member of the senior management team at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, located at Rutgers University. In that position, he oversaw numerous technical assistance and research projects for state and local governments, nonprofit agencies and private foundations. He co-authored Getting Back to Work, a report on assisting unemployed workers, and he oversaw the Work Trends public opinion series. In addition, he was a senior policy analyst at the National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices and a research associate at the National Center on Education and the Economy. Mr. Ridley received a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree from Occidental College.