United Way’s Pathways to Work Initiative

//United Way’s Pathways to Work Initiative

CPPP Director of Economic Opportunity Garrett Groves presented to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas quarterly funders’ forum. Garrett provided a community profile of the Dallas-Fort Worth region on changing demographic and economic trends. The presentation focused in particular on building regional talent pipelines to help address the shrinking middle class in Texas.

The event was held in support of the United Way’s Pathways to Work initiative, which is a partnership between employers, funders and training providers to equip individuals with post-secondary skill training and credentials that lead to better paying jobs.

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As Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Groves leads a team of policy analysts that strive to increase educational attainment and ensure economic prosperity for all Texans. Before joining the Center in 2014, Groves served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Governors Association where he worked with state and local entities on workforce, post-secondary education and economic development policy. He has served governors, senior policy advisors and local leaders on several initiatives designed to bolster talent development pipelines and align educational institutions, training programs and community-based organizations with employer needs and state economic development strategies. Preceding his work at the NGA Center, Groves oversaw the rigorous evaluation of education and training programs in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor, including random assignment evaluations of the YouthBuild program, Community-Based Job Training Grants and the ARRA High Growth and Emerging Industries grantees. He also served at various levels of Colorado state government, including the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly, and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. He received his master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.

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