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Surabhi has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing innovative workforce development and adult education programs in the United States. From strategy development, to employer engagement, to relationship management, to fundraising, Surabhi’s expertise is one of WFC’s most valuable assets.

Education

  • Master of Arts degree in Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University, Massachusetts
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Purdue University in Indiana

Past Experience
UnidosUS

  • Liaised with Fortune500 organizations to develop workforce programs that would meet entry-level talent acquisition needs
  • Developed the capacity of non-profit organizations across the United States to help implement innovative, industry-responsive workforce development programs

Women’s Union in Boston

  • Responsible for conducting labour market research to help identify job training opportunities in the non-traditional sector for low-income women
  • Co-authored several reports and policies discussing the role of job training programs for low-income women

United Nations

  • Worked with UNICEF to conduct an evaluation of the Government of India’s funded program for health and sanitation in rural Rajasthan
  • Worked with the International Labour Organization to conduct research on employment and business opportunities for low-income women in the unorganized garment industry of New Delhi

Boards

  • Currently on the Workforce 2030 Advisory Board of Foundational Partners catalyzed by The Atmospheric Fund and the Canada Green Building Council
  • (2014–2020) – Served on US Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop Workforce Advisory Group
  • (2011–2014) – Served on the Alumni Board of Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • (2009–2013) – Served on the Board of Chicago Women in Trades
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Management Committee

As Inclusive Local Economies Program Director at the Metcalf Foundation, Adriana works with community partners on long-term strategies that improve precarious employment and enable access to good jobs, advance innovative approaches for community wealth, and support community organizing for structural change.

Since 2013 Adriana has led the program’s vision, strategic development and implementation. Adriana is a curious learner, lateral thinker, catalytic funder and values-driven leader. Her skills in systems-thinking, capacity building, strategy development and relationship management were honed over a decade with experience as Director of Programs & Services at Working Women Community Centre; Social Investment Fund Manager at Toronto Community Housing; and Project Manager and Consultant at UN-Habitat Afghanistan. Adriana is an alum of University of Toronto, Trent University and King’s College.

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Marina Nuri is a Senior Program Manager at the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, responsible for the Fund’s strategy and grantmaking in Canada. Prior to joining the Fund, Marina spent several years designing and managing international development programs across Africa. Before that, she spent eight years in management consulting with Accenture, advising both private sector and social impact organizations on strategy and operations. Marina has an MBA from the University of Oxford, Said Business School.

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Ben is a Program Manager at The Counselling Foundation of Canada. He has previously worked in the nonprofit sector in a variety of roles from evaluation to program management to communications. In addition to his time at the Foundation, Ben also works as a research consultant at Taylor Newberry Consulting. Ben holds a master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from the University of Northern British Columbia.

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