Economic Recovery & Workforce Innovation
Leveraging and anticipating federal resources
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With the American Rescue Plan, part of the nearly $5 trillion in COVID-19 response and relief funding is dedicated to getting Americans back to work. Against this backdrop, state and local efforts to facilitate the fast return to work have never been more important. Watch as Senator John Hickenlooper and Tennessee’s former Assistant Commissioner of Workforce Services, Kenyatta Lovett, have a solutions-focused discussion about workforce development.
Panelists & Speakers
Senator John Hickenlooper
As Colorado’s U.S. Senator, John Hickenlooper brings people together to address our nation's toughest problems — whether rebuilding a stronger, more resilient economy, lowering the costs of healthcare and prescription drugs, or combating climate change and protecting our public lands. He started his career in Colorado as a geologist before being laid off and opening the state's first brewpub. After successfully running a small business, John was elected Mayor of Denver and then Governor of Colorado, where he served for two terms from 2011-2019 and helped the state become the number one economy in the nation.
Kenyatta Lovett, Ph.D.
Kenyatta Lovett currently serves as the Managing Director for Higher Education at Educate Texas. Prior to joining, Dr. Lovett served as the Assistant Commissioner for Workforce Services at the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. In 2016, he helped to launch the nation’s first education advocacy group focused on increasing postsecondary attainment - Complete Tennessee. Dr. Lovett also served as an assistant vice chancellor at the Tennessee Board of Regents. Dr. Lovett has a B.F.A. from Howard University, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in public policy from Tennessee State University.
Hannah Burke is Vice President of Government Affairs at Merit. In this role, she works with state governments and key stakeholders to design go-to-market strategy and implement the Merit platform nationally. A recovering political operative who has worked for candidates at all levels of elected office, she managed everything from grassroots organizing and fundraising to policy and communications on state, local and federal elections.