I am excited to build knowledge about effective workforce and employment strategies that support economic security, equity and mobility for people who are low income or historically marginalized, and to maximize impact through strong connections between research, policy and practice.
Shayne Spaulding is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on workforce development, postsecondary education, and employment. She has spent more than 25 years in the workforce field as an evaluator, technical assistance provider, and program manager. Her research has examined the public workforce system; community college innovations; employer engagement in workforce programs; services to parents, youth, and noncustodial fathers; people with criminal records; performance measurement in workforce programs; apprenticeships; and strategies for supporting workers in alternative work arrangements.
Spaulding is the managing director for the CTE CoLab, a research-informed community of practice focused on building knowledge to advance racial equity in online career and technical education programs.
Before joining Urban, Spaulding was the university director of workforce development for the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest public urban university system, where she oversaw workforce and continuing education programs in CUNY’s 24 colleges and professional schools. From 2001 to 2009, she worked for Public/Private Ventures, where she was a senior program director, leading evaluations of sectoral programs, social purpose staffing agencies, and services for noncustodial fathers.
Spaulding holds a BA in American government from Wesleyan University and an MA in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Spaulding serves on the advisory committee for the New Jersey Education and Employment Data System. She is also an elected Swampscott Town Meeting representative.
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