Andy Van Kleunen.
Andy is Executive Director of National Skills Coalition, which he founded in 1998 as The Workforce Alliance in collaboration with leaders from the workforce development and philanthropic communities. Andy has led the Coalition to become a nationally recognized voice on behalf of a diverse array of stakeholders, building upon his experience as a community organizer, a policy analyst, and a practitioner-advocate with roots in the workforce field. He oversees all aspects of the Coalition’s efforts, including building alliances with new partners as well as advising state and federal policy initiatives.
Andy is the author of multiple publications in the areas of workforce policy, healthcare policy, and urban community development. He is a recognized expert on state and federal workforce policy, regularly cited in such leading national publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.
Prior to founding the Coalition, Andy was Director of Workforce Policy for the national Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, where he worked with employers, unions and client advocates to improve job quality and training for low-wage workers within the nation's long-term care sector. Andy also spent over 14 years in community organizing and development efforts within several of New York City’s low-income and working-class neighborhoods.
Andy holds a master’s degree in urban sociology from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and honors studies from Villanova University. He is based in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Andy has been a member of NSC’s Board of Directors since 2010.