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Josh Copus

Director at JFF Labs


Josh Copus is a director at JFFLabs and currently leads the AWAKE Initiative. He began his work at JFFLabs as an entrepreneur in residence examining the use of data and new technologies in the U.S. workforce system.

In his current role, Josh builds on that base of knowledge and develops strategies for JFF to lead workforce systems as they prepare for the future of work.

His skills and areas of expertise include:

Program design, development, and management
Strategic planning and organizational strategy
Budgeting and finance
Politics and public policy analysis
Community outreach
Nonprofit management
Federal and state government relations
Workforce and economic development
Public speaking
Association management
Social entrepreneurship
Coalition building and grassroots advocacy
Fundraising, proposal writing, and new business development
Before joining JFF, Josh was the chief operating officer of the National Association of Workforce Boards in Washington, DC. He has also worked at the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and a regional consulting firm in southwestern, Pennsylvania.

Whether serving as a national advisor helping people navigate the worlds of workforce development, emerging technologies, and public policy or working locally as an implementer, he pushes for practical solutions that drive progress.

Josh is a national speaker on topics such as workforce development and how technology is reshaping education, business, and work.