The Work First Foundation is proud of the impressive research that Work First Fellows conduct on a yearly basis. Each year fellows are asked to take a critical examine how workforce development policies and practices impact the clients that they serve. Fellows then present their innovative solutions to complex problems in research papers and presentations. The foundation welcomes any experienced researcher or policy expert to help mentor a fellow through their research practice, as these young leaders break into the world of using research to find solutions.


Advisory Council Expectations


The foundation pairs each fellow with a research and policy advisor. We are seeking individuals who can provide, at a minimum, the following support.

  • Recommendations of 3 books or articles on poverty and unemployment in the United States for fellows to read.
  • One sit-down or telephone meeting with a fellow to discuss their policy interests and connect them to the appropriate resources.
  • Review the fellow's research and provide recommendations for improvement.

How to get involved

Interested individuals should contact info@theworkfirst.org.