ACT Foundation Announces Six New Members of Advisory Council for Working Learners

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New council members will help address the needs and challenges of working learners across the country

ACT Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to the Working Learner Advisory Council to help address the needs and challenges of working learners across the country. Described as “those who are engaged in some type of employment while also learning new skills in pursuit of greater economic freedom and overall life satisfaction,” working learners are a significant and fast growing portion of the American workforce and are key drivers of an emerging national learning economy.

“The advisory council has been a tremendous resource for ACT Foundation’s work,” said Parminder K. Jassal, founding executive director of ACT Foundation. “We welcome these new members who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the council and will provide new and unique perspectives on the lives of working learners.”

Representing diverse economic, ethnic, education, and work backgrounds from across the nation, the council now consists of 18 working learners aged 19 to 29 who were nominated by colleagues and associates for their hard work, leadership, and commitment to personal and professional development. These advisors provide ACT Foundation with valuable insight into the lives of today’s working learners and serve as a direct voice for working learners in the development of real-world solutions that meet their needs.

The Working Learner Advisory Council meets monthly to address topics such as learning opportunities for low-income workers, life satisfaction and outcomes, the role of technology innovation in their lives, and other investment work currently underway at ACT Foundation, which is detailed in ACT Foundation’s vision for a National Learning Economy. Members are also engaged in digital storytelling projects designed to bring working learners to life and better inform the design of innovative solutions that support working learners everywhere.

New Members of the 2014 Working Learner Advisory Council

Christopher Casanovas (Coral Springs, FL)
David Payne (Pittsburgh, PA)
Thierry Pierre-Charles (Amherst, MA)
Landon Taylor (Oakland, CA)
Josephine Villanueva (San Jose, CA)
Sage Zephier (Wagner, SD)

Current Members of the 2014 Working Learner Advisory Council

Nicholas D’Antonio (Washington, DC)
Anthony Davis (Roseburg, OR)
Nick Gerber (Worcester, MA)
Yadira Gurrola (Chadron, NE)
Alan Jimenez (Bucyrus, OH)
Morgan Lamborn (Gainesville, FL)
Noreen Lopez (Las Cruces, NM)
Jennifer Quaye (New Haven, CT)
David Rivera (Lubbock, TX)
Krista Scott (Gainesville, FL)
Jody Stroble (Claremore, OK)
Crystal Wallace (Raleigh, NC)

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