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Mindy Larson

Deputy Director, Center for Workforce Development

Mindy Larson - Deputy Director

Mindy Larson is Deputy Director of the Center for Workforce Development at the Institute for Educational Leadership. She currently serves as a senior manager for the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC) as well as the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), a federal technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Since joining IEL in 2010, Larson has provided technical assistance on a wide range of youth transition issues to state and local youth service professionals in workforce development agencies, post-secondary institutions, special education transition programs, state education agencies, and other human service agencies. Larson also co-designed and facilitated the Youth Workforce Leaders Academy, a year-long cross-system professional learning community for D.C. youth service providers. Larson is an editor and co-author of multiple technical assistance guides, briefs, and other publications produced by NCWD/Youth on topics relevant to youth transition to adulthood.

Prior to joining IEL, Larson worked for the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as manager of a U.S. Department of Labor funded youth re-entry employment and education project serving youth connected to the juvenile justice system. In this role, she managed cross-system partnerships between the juvenile justice agency and the public school system, including the office of special education, the workforce development agency, community-based service providers, and employers. From 2000 to 2007, Larson worked at the National Youth Employment Coalition where she managing professional development programs, a disconnected youth post-secondary transition initiative, and development of quality standards, performance measures guidance, and program improvement tools for youth employment and training programs. She has a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.