Workforce Leadership Academy


Hudson County Community College, County of Hudson, LeFrak family, Mack-Cali, and the Aspen Institute, and local stakeholders partnered in 2019 to create a Workforce Leadership Academy for workforce development professionals in Hudson County. The purpose of this Academy is to develop a network of workforce development leaders who are not only able to lead their own programs or organizations, but who can also work collaboratively to build effective workforce systems.

Workforce Leadership Academies create and support peer-learning communities of workforce leaders from nonprofit organizations, business associations, community colleges and universities, union-based training efforts, and public agencies. Participants in Academies work with leading practitioners from around the country, learn about practical planning tools, and have the rare opportunity to reflect on and develop effective workforce strategies to strengthen their local workforce system. Participants also engage in leadership development activities, including a 360-degree leadership assessment. Fellows are selected in a competitive application process and are typically senior-level managers with authority to implement program changes. Alumni of the Academies are part of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunity Fellows Network.


Workforce Development Inaugural class

Meet the 2019 - 2020 Fellows of the inaugural class.

Appropriate applicants are located and working within Hudson County and are leaders in workforce development working within nonprofit organizations, business associations, community colleges and universities, union-based training efforts, and public agencies. Each Fellow is expected to engage in twelve days of in-person sessions as well as continued learning, application, and collaboration between sessions. Participants are asked to commit to the process in writing and agree to fully participate.


Please check back for the application for our next cohort.


The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy targets leaders interested in advancing their practice within the local workforce system and includes twelve days of in-person sessions, specifically:

  • An Academy opening three-day retreat.
  • A series of five full-day workshops, occurring approximately every six weeks.
  • Continued learning, application, and collaboration between workshop sessions, self-directed time of up to two hours between sessions as well as nine to 12 hours of collaborative project work across a small team of Fellows.
  • A closing three-day retreat.
  • A final, one-day reflective session that includes a Collaborative Learning Lab presentation to local and regional workforce development stakeholders.


Contact Information

School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
161 Newkirk Street, Suite E504
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-5327