Hadass Sheffer joined ED2WORK in 2021 as a senior consultant. She brings 20+ years of expertise and experience to organizations seeking to understand and solve sticky, complex social problems requiring collaboration among diverse partners. She is an advocate of lifelong learning and a two-time start-up leader and growth driver of social innovations and collective impact initiatives in postsecondary education.
Her most recent experience is as co-founder and president of The Graduate! Network, a first-of-its-kind national network of higher education, community, and government entities, that elevates and brings untapped talent back to and through postsecondary education and to the workforce, with a sharp focus on equity and inclusion. Her tech, higher education, non-profit, foundation, corporate, research, personal background, love of learning and collaboration, and deep commitment to equity for populations that have experienced institutional and social barriers all inform her approach to developing inclusive, adaptive, transformational solutions.
Hadass is a trained practitioner in Adaptive Leadership, Appreciative Inquiry, Collective Impact, and various qualitative analysis methodologies. She has served as a consultant to the National Governors Association, The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, The PA Department of Education, and universities and non-profits across the country. Earlier in her career, Hadass was a program director at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, manager of linguistic data products for a tech firm, and lecturer at Swarthmore College and Temple University. She completed doctoral coursework in Sociolinguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, earned an M.B.A. from Temple University with a concentration in Organizational Dynamics, and a B.A. in Linguistics from the Hebrew University (Israel).
SELECTED ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS
Hadass, H., Palmer, I., & Mattei, A. B. (2020). The Comeback Story: How Adults Return to School to Complete their Degrees, Washington, DC: New America.
The Incomplete Picture of What Works for Returning College Students, February 5, 2019. New America.
Strickler, B., Ash, D., Sheffer, H., and Zimmerman, Z. (2018). Bridging the Talent Gap through Data Insights and Community Action. In S. Andreason, T. Greene, H. Prince, & C. E. Van Horn (Eds.), Investing in America’s Workforce Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 33-50.