Ana Hageage (hey-jay) (she/her) joins the Lab as an Education Designer for Economic Mobility Pathways. In this role, she serves as deputy lead for the Community College Growth Engine Fund, an innovative, tri-sector and multimillion-dollar effort turning community colleges into bridges to dignified work for every American learner and worker, starting with almost 6,000 learners in six communities.
Ana brings over 12 years of workforce development experience at the local, regional, and national levels supporting economic mobility for underserved workers. She has led national initiatives aimed at scaling industry partnerships and sector strategies and served as a policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor. There, Ana was responsible for engaging diverse populations in the public workforce system and rolling out the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Ana also has expertise in youth policy and advocacy and has worked on the ground to deliver adult basic education, job readiness training, sector-focused certifications, employment and wrap-around services to opportunity youth. She currently serves on the Board of the Latin American Youth Center Career Academy, an adult public charter school providing industry training and certifications.
Ana holds a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Maryland and resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two sons.