Jaime S. Fall
Director, UpSkill America, Economic Opportunities Program
Jaime S. Fall is Director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute, an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and to help our economy and communities thrive by promoting training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs. The initiative, which was announced by the President following his 2015 State of the Union Address, is led by a coalition of nine business, education, workforce training, and human resource organizations.
Jaime also serves as Vice President for Workforce and Talent Sustainability for the HR Policy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting America educated, qualified and hired through the development of research, services and resources to better inform students, jobseekers, workers, educators and policy makers about the skills needed by large employers in today’s rapidly changing workplaces. Jaime served as Deputy Secretary, Employment and Workforce Development, for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. As a Senate-confirmed leader in the Schwarzenegger Administration, Jaime provided policy and guidance to California’s $11 billion workforce system and the nearly 9,000 employees that made up the entities within the agency. Previously, Jaime spent more than a decade in Washington, DC working at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration; the National Association of State Workforce Agencies; Fall Communications, a workforce development-focused marketing and website development company founded by him and his wife; and on Capitol Hill. Jaime also served as district director for Senator Pat Roberts who was in the U.S. House of Representatives at the time. Jaime is a member of the Pearson Employability Advisory Board and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Jaime was born and raised in rural Kansas and now resides outside of Sacramento, CA. He worked his way through college as a broadcaster before earning his degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
Vice President, The Aspen Institute
Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program/Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative
Maureen Conway is a Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program (EOP). Ms. Conway founded EOP’s Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) and has headed up workforce research at the Aspen Institute since 1999. She leads a team of researchers and consultants in a variety of initiatives to identify and advance strategies that help low-income Americans gain ground in today’s labor market. A featured speaker at numerous national and regional conferences, she is a nationally recognized expert in sectoral, or industry-specific, workforce development and has been quoted in a variety of news media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Journal and National Public Radio’s Market Place. Under her leadership, EOP’s Workforce Strategies Initiative has investigated the outcomes of sectoral workforce development, provided innovation seed grants to leading programs in order to illuminate promising practices and explored key operating features of programs in specific industry sectors. Maureen is the author of numerous publications including research reports, case studies and policy briefs, including co-editing, together with Robert P. Giloth, the book Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies, a collection that brings perspectives from philanthropy, policy, research, and practice, together to chart how sector-based workforce development has evolved and the implications for the future.
Recently, Maureen led the creation of the Working in America and Reinventing Low Wage Work speaker series at the Aspen Institute, bringing together voices from business, worker advocacy, media, academia and others to discuss the challenges experienced by many in today’s labor markets and new ideas for addressing these challenges. In addition, her current work includes multi-year evaluations of several promising innovations in workforce development and a new project exploring an emerging practice of work that strives to create economic stability as a platform for economic mobility by engaging in strategies that seek to improve job quality while also helping workers improve their job skills.
Ms. Conway’s previous experience includes consulting for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and work for the U.S. Peace Corps, where she advised on the design, management, and evaluation of the organization’s economic development programs in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Maureen has an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Holy Cross College.
Communications Associate, Economic Opportunities Program
Claire Daviss joined the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program as the Communications Associate in June 2015. Her work focuses on promoting the program’s initiatives and projects through strategic outreach and communications, wielding tools such as social media, email communications, media relations, web content, and more. Before coming to the Aspen Institute, Claire grounded her passion for public service in both her professional and academic life. Most recently, she served as a Democracy Fellow at FairVote in Takoma Park, MD, where she researched voting and election reform in the United States. She also interned at Junta for Progressive Action, a community-based nonprofit in New Haven, CT, as part of the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship; and she interned at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in San Antonio, TX. As an undergraduate at Yale College, she earned a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, concentrating her studies on urban poverty and inequality.
Digital Communications Associate, Economic Opportunities Program
Tony Mastria joined the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program as Digital Communications Associate in June 2016. As a member of the program’s communications team, Tony supports EOP’s online presence, including its website, emails, social media channels, and other digital assets.
A self-described policy wonk, Tony has had a wide range of communications experience in the social sector. Prior to joining the Institute, he developed and hosted a podcast about public policy in California, called the Politi-Cal Podcast. Before that, he served as Digital Media Associate at the Justice Policy Institute, a think tank committed to reducing the use of mass incarceration. He has also held departmental communications roles at each of his alma maters. Tony has a Master of Public Administration degree from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.