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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Joseph Lawlor is a New York City native who has spent the past three years working on national skills and future-of-work policy in Washington DC. Most recently, he was a Project Manager for a startup social enterprise called Opportunity@Work, where he developed some of the foundational thinking behind the potential social and business returns on investment for expanding career opportunities for skilled Americans without bachelor’s degrees into middle wage tech jobs. Prior to joining Opportunity@Work, he served as a White House Intern in President Obama’s National Economic Council, where he helped expand the TechHire initiative and launch the President’s First Job Compact to benefit unemployed and out-of-school youths. Before contributing to these national workforce issues, he completed an AmeriCorps service term aimed at expanding literacy and college access for sheltered families at the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Joseph is a 2015 graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College of the City University of New York, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics and History. As a student at Macaulay, he completed a research assistantship in modern American history and internships at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and United States Department of Commerce. Guided by a mission to expand career opportunities for all Americans, he joined the MPP class at the University of Cambridge to further understand innovative workforce development models internationally and the ways in which automation and artificial intelligence will influence the types of skills workers will need to cultivate to succeed in the twenty first century. To complete this type of research, he has interest in cultivating an understanding of how policy makers and business leaders will need to interact to produce both societal and business gains given the changing landscape of the future of work.



U.S. Labor Market Policy; Automation & Artificial Intelligence; Post-Secondary Education Financing; Career & Technical Education