Amy Kaslow is a senior fellow at the Council on Competitiveness, where she helps cultivate an American workforce with skills urgently needed to compete in an economy characterized by dramatic change. Her focus: the biggest pressures on joblessness and job generation — would-be new entrants and mature, 55 year+ workers intent on remaining in or returning to the labor market. She brings a mix of policy, practical experience and contemporary coverage. Her mission: galvanizing business, education, labor and government leaders to prepare new graduates for the pipeline of talent; tapping the expertise and experience of older workers; and sharing those innovative, scalable, and replicable practices, nationwide.
She advises on workforce challenges for public and private employers, unions, educators, and non-profits. She consults, writes, and testifies for Congressionally mandated commissions and federal agencies, including the 21st Century Workforce Commission focused on the knowledge economy; the Glenn Commission Report, a blueprint for improving K-12 teaching; and the National Academy of Sciences/National Science Foundation Study Panel examining national workforce data for the United States Census. “Winning the Skills Race” is her earlier research and fieldwork on income and skills gaps among American workers, which framed the White House Summit on 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs.
A longtime daily journalist and now frequent contributor to media, Kaslow has covered international economics from Western, Central and Eastern Europe; the former Soviet Bloc; Asia; the Levant; the Persian Gulf; North, Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa, and the Caribbean. Specializing in post-war economic reconstruction, she has written for many American and international newspapers, magazines and quarterlies, was lead economic correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The International Economy, and dozens of other publications. Her broadcast work includes NPR, the BBC, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNBC, and C-SPAN, among other international outlets. She writes a blog for The Economist on human potential. A White House appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she chairs the Governance Committee, is the former chair of the Education Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. Kaslow chaired the Board of Trustees at the Holton-Arms School, a leading girls school known for global education, STEM, and the arts and served as vice chair of the innovative Norwood School. Kaslow was the longtime president of Sinai House Assisted Housing Foundation, a Washington, D.C. transitional housing program for homeless families providing wrap around services: parenting and financial literacy classes, mentoring, job training and job placement. She is a member of the Belizean Grove.