Chike Aguh (Chee-kay Ah-Goo) serves as the inaugural Head of Economic Mobility Pathways at the Education Design Lab where he leads 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 in 6 communities.
Chike is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where he is writing a book on the future of work and racial equity, and a faculty member at Columbia University. He also advises Maryland-based New Markets Venture Partners on investments on workforce technologies, Baltimore-based upskilling technology startup Catalyte on its Retrain America effort, and national digital upskilling effort Digital US.
Chike has spent his career working across sectors to create a future of work for all. Previously, he worked as an education policy official under the Mayor of New York, 2nd grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, Fulbright Scholar in Thailand researching education and skills, director of corporate strategy at Education Advisory Board (EAB) where he helped launch their first technology product for the community college space, CEO of a national social enterprise which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans to affordable internet and digital skills, and Future of Work Lead at the McChrystal Group, a business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal. He has also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Future of Work Taskforce, expert advisor to the American AI Forum, and inaugural Future of Work Fellow at the International Society for Technology in Education.
Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA). He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar; former Council on Foreign Relations term member; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and the Washington Business Journal; former member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors and Advisory Board Chair of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Chike and his work have been featured at or in the White House, Harvard, Forbes, Wired Magazine, US News and World Report and Fast Company. Chike, his wife and their son proudly call Prince George’s County, MD home.