Mark Attia, MIB ’15, Assistant Secretary at The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office for Administration & Finance, recently co-authored a book chapter with the Governor of Massachusetts and fellow Fletcher School alum, Jim Peyser, MALD ’82, the Massachusetts Secretary of Education. The book Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships Are Advancing Economic Mobility highlights 19 case studies of results-based and cross-sectorial partnerships focused on better workforce outcomes. Their chapter Governing for Results: Case Studies from Massachusetts was written with Governor Charlie Baker.
Attia and Peyser worked closely together to develop a program focused on vocation English training for new immigrants. They worked in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia and Social Finance −a partner who also worked with the two Fletcher School alums to create two social impact bond programs featured in the chapter written by Peyser and Attia.
The results of the trial program received national recognition. The findings of the program were also covered in an article by The Boston Globe called First-of-its-kind study finds ‘stunning’ earnings gains for immigrants who learn English. Read the Globe article here.
If you are interested in reading Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships Are Advancing Economic Mobility you can download a copy here.