David Jason Fischer - Senior Fellow, Workforce Development, Center for an Urban Future
David Jason Fischer is Senior Workforce Fellow at the Center for an Urban Future, returning to CUF after four years in city government. Most recently, he served three years with the NYC Department of Education, managing a portfolio of over 400 career and technical education programs preparing students for postsecondary education and employment in virtually every sector of the local economy. At DOE, he designed and implemented new program models blending education and work experience, strengthened linkages between classroom and workplace, and tied development of new CTE schools and programs to current and projected labor market demand.
He previously served at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, where he led development of the “One System for One City” reports, helped design workforce collaboration projects including the CTE-focused “Scholars at Work” partnership between SBS and DOE, and co-led a strategic revamp of SBS training investments. From 2000 through 2010, David was CUF’s director of workforce development and social policy, authoring reports on the demographic transformation of the NYC workforce, ongoing reforms to city job training and placement initiatives, local and state policies that impact working poor New Yorkers, and the potential of CTE to prepare students for careers in high-demand sectors, among other subjects.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two large cats.