Director, Project on Workforce
Rachel Lipson is the founding Director of the Project on Workforce at Harvard University’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. Launched in 2019, the Project on Workforce is a cross-school, interdisciplinary Harvard initiative focused on policy and research at the intersection of education and labor markets and is a collaboration between the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Business School Managing the Future of Work Project, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this role, Rachel is responsible for shaping the Project’s cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research agenda and also leads the Cross-Harvard Study Group on the Future of Work. Prior to joining the Wiener Center, Rachel was Director of Special Projects at Year Up, the workforce training organization. She has previously worked on small business growth and effective governance at the World Bank, on community colleges for the State of California, on workforce development at JPMorgan Chase, and in training and organizing on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Rachel is an alum of Harvard College and the joint MBA/MPP program with Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government. Her writing has been published in the Boston Globe, Washington Post’s Wonkblog, and RealClearPolicy.