Areas of expertise: Workforce policy. Worker safety net. Higher education. Industry engagement.
Kermit Kaleba is the Managing Director, Policy at National Skills Coalition, where he directs the organization’s Washington-based efforts to advance a national workforce strategy within federal legislation, agency regulation, and national funding initiatives. Throughout his career, Kermit has served as a valuable resource to local, state, and federal policymakers – shaping education and workforce policy development, assisting state and local leaders in federal policy advocacy in Washington and their home districts, and partnering with workforce advocates to improve state and local implementation of federal programs.
Kermit has authored numerous publications and his policy expertise, insights, and commentary have been cited and published in local and national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, POLITICO, The Hill, The Atlantic, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, and many other outlets.
Kermit previously served as NSC’s Senior Policy Analyst from 2008-2012 before leaving to help develop workforce initiatives for the District of Columbia. As Executive Director at the Washington DC Workforce Investment Council, Kermit was the primary author of Washington, DC’s five-year workforce development strategy and he helped develop the District’s first industry-focused workforce intermediary programs. He rejoined National Skills Coalition in 2015.
Kermit holds a J.D. and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. He is based in Washington, DC.