Richard Kazis
Senior Consultant

Higher Ed

  • Community colleges
  • Poverty
  • Workforce development

Until recently, Richard Kazis was senior vice president of Jobs for the Future in Boston. He is currently a consultant to several organizations, including MDRC, the Brookings Institution, and the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His areas of expertise include state policies and institutional practices for improving low-income community college students’ performance and outcomes; college and career readiness for struggling students; low-wage worker advancement; and labor market intermediaries in workforce development. At JFF, Kazis was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s policy and advocacy activities. He also oversaw JFF’s Washington, D.C., policy office and initiatives on community college student success. Kazis has co-authored one book, edited two others, and has written extensively for newspapers, magazines and the education policy community. In his career, he has taught at an alternative high school, helped organize fast-food workers, built labor-environmental jobs coalitions, and run a Neighborhood Youth Corps program. He serves as board chair of The Institute for College Access and Success.