Kevin Stump

Vice President of Impact

Kevin brings nearly 15 years of systems change experience to the Lab working across many domains such as policy and advocacy, intermediary innovation, program design, higher education, workforce development, and more. As Vice President of Impact, Kevin is responsible for deepening a culture and structure of organizational learning and serving as the connective tissue between strategy and impact. 

Kevin most recently served as the first Vice President of Economic Mobility and Workforce Innovation, a new division at SUNY Rockland Community College designed to create stronger opportunity pipelines for new majority learners. Alongside his role at SUNY, Kevin was also a senior advisor to the Lab’s Community College Growth Engine and before that was the Lab’s Senior Director of Impact, Evaluation, and Thought Leadership where he provided strategic oversight over the first cohorts of the Community College Growth Engine and as well as the design and launch of the Designer in Residence program. 

Kevin served as the Senior Vice President of JobsFirstNYC where he led the intermediary’s strategic inquiry and rebranding process, co-led the launch of the Invest In Skills NY campaign that secured $175 million of state investment in workforce development, and led the design and launch of the Transfer 2 Career Collaborative that embedded career development and workforce pathways into high schools by building partnerships with community colleges and non-profit training providers. 

Kevin served as the founding northeast director for Young Invincibles (YI), where he launched their New York office and ran a successful campaign to establish a $50m Empire State Apprenticeship Program, an effort sparked by a report he authored on New York’s statewide youth unemployment crisis. At YI, he also co-launched DegreesNYC, a collective action project to achieve equity in postsecondary access and completion. Kevin has policy, research, and advocacy experience from his tenure at both the Roosevelt Institute as well as at the New York Public Interest Research Group where he launched and chaired the Coalition to Reform New York’s Tuition Assistance Program. He has appeared in a variety of media outlets and has authored, commissioned, and overseen a number of high-profile research and thought leadership projects. 

In 2017, Kevin was honored as one of New York’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in City & State magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in community organization and advocacy from SUNY Plattsburgh, a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College, and is expected to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from New York University in early 2025.

Kevin is most excited to join the Lab because he believes that equity-based human centered design can be the catalyst that facilitates the establishment of a new opportunity paradigm. 

HOMETOWN: Poughquag, New York 

BACHELOR’S: B.A. Community Organization & Advocacy, SUNY Plattsburgh

MASTER’S: M.P.A., Marist College

DOCTORATE: Ed.D. Leadership and Innovation, New York University (expected Jan 2025)

FAVORITE QUOTE: If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” — Albert Einstein

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… with my husband fixing up our little house on the hill, gardening, cooking, or over-researching our next travel adventure or interior design pursuit.