About Us

SkillUp is dedicated to helping the more than 40 million workers impacted by COVID-19 get rehired for in-demand jobs in high-growth industries.

Our Mission

Joining Together for COVID-19 Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an economic toll on America’s workers. With unemployment rates not seen since the Great Depression, workers across the country are trying to reorient themselves in the face of an uncertain future.

To address this critical need, we’ve launched the SkillUp Coalition, an upskilling solution built to help America’s laid-off and furloughed workers access the training and employment opportunities they need to secure a place in the economy of the future.

Rather than push workers back into jobs just like the ones they left, SkillUp gives workers the opportunity to build new skills that are suited to in-demand jobs with promising career paths.

The Coalition also enables partners to share best practices, collaborate on shared challenges, and participate in public engagement campaigns that help COVID-impacted workers begin a prosperous new stage in their careers.  

SkillUp works with our partners to create an affordable, equitable, relevant upskilling ecosystem that works well for workers, employers, and society.

Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Maria Flynn

Board Director

President and CEO, Jobs for the Future

Josh Jarrett

Board Director

Executive Chair, SkillUp Coalition

Michelle Weise

Board Director

Entrepreneur In Residence & Senior Advisor, Imaginable Futures

Gayatri Agnew

Advisory Board

Senior Director, Walmart Giving

Rachel Carlson

Advisory Board

CEO, Guild Education

Karan Chopra

Advisory Board

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Opportunity@Work

Rahim Fazal

Advisory Board

CEO, SV Academy

Paul Freedman

Advisory Board

Founder, Entangled Group

Joe Fuller

Advisory Board

Professor of Management Practice & Co-Director of Managing the Future of Work Initiative

Angela Jackson

Advisory Board

Partner, New Profit

Andrew Jones

Advisory Board

President (interim), Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Gary Lopez

Advisory Board

CEO, The NROC Project

Courtney McBeth

Advisory Board

Senior Vice President, Strada Impact Operations

Ajita Talwalker Menon

Advisory Board

President & CEO at Calbright College

Aaron Moore

Advisory Board

Government Relations Manager, LinkedIn

Jane Oates

Advisory Board

President, WorkingNation

Aaron Osmond

Advisory Board

Education and Workforce Specialist – Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Jane Swift

Advisory Board

President & Executive Director, LearnLaunch

Worker Advisory Board

The Voice of those most impacted

We work for the American worker. Any solution we develop and action we take needs to be done for and with those on the frontline. They are our inspiration and reason for being.

We have assembled a Worker Advisory Board that consists of workers who have been impacted by COVID-19.  This body helps inform, guide and influence all SkillUp services and outreach. 

Group meeting over videoconference

Akil G

Technology

New York

Brenda M

Catering

California 

Katherine B

Personal care aide

New York 

Roger S

School Support Services 

Texas

Shannon J

Custodial Support 

Texas

Learn about our Partner Program

SkillUp is a unique coalition of top employers, training and education providers, technology companies, job readiness nonprofits, and philanthropies dedicated to equipping workers with the skills that will help them thrive in high-growth, in-demand jobs.