The National Youth Employment Coalition

How We Advance Youth Employment

Advancing Policy

NYEC is the translator between practitioners and policymakers, through meetings, convenings, calls, and working groups.


NYEC’s 85+ members represent direct-service, think tanks, non-profits, and private organizations working to better youth education and employment outcomes.


NYEC brings 40 years of knowledge to partner with leading policy think tanks and experts to advance youth employment on the national level.

Conferences and Convenings

NYEC conducts twice-yearly national convenings that bring together influential and emerging practitioners, policymakers, and youth leaders to improve the chances for all young people.

Emerging Practices

NYEC’s publications, calls, and webinars highlight new and emerging practices in the youth employment field.


NYEC lifts up the voices, experiences, and realities of opportunity youth, while connecting coalitions and those working in different issue areas.

NYEC Staff

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Executive Director

Thomas Showalter

Thomas Showalter, Executive Director, is an expert on education and workforce policy and related areas (disability policy, juvenile justice, antipoverty programs), as well as Congressional politics and processes. Before coming to NYEC, Thomas advised advocacy organizations and foundations on communications and strategic planning at a Bethesda-based public relations and public affairs firm. He also spent almost five years on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, working for chairmen Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA). With the committee.

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Senior Program Associate

Rashaun Bennett

Rashaun Bennett, Senior Program Associate, worked at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prior to coming to NYEC in Summer 2018. He spent two years working as a Human Services Policy Analyst within the Assistant Secretary of Planning in Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS. His portfolio included homelessness, child welfare, employment and paid family leave. Rashaun has a background in political science and economics from Davidson College, where he was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service and leadership.


NYEC Consultant

Kate O' Sullivan

Kate O’Sullivan, NYEC Consultant, worked at NYEC from 1995-2008. She built NYEC’s hallmark quality standards effort, the Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet). As an independent consultant since 2008, she has helped networks and funders to develop, deliver, support, assess, and improve youth employment programs and systems.

NYEC Consultant

Don Spangler

Don Spangler, NYEC Consultant, has served as policy advisor to the Philadelphia Youth Network, one of the nation’s leading youth workforce intermediary organizations, since its inception in 1999, where he developed extensive expertise in youth workforce activities and related aspects of youth education, employment and training.

Board of Directors

Glenn Eagleson, Chair, Senior Youth Services Analyst, Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, San Francisco, CA
Lisa Johnson, Vice Chair, Associate Director of Programs NIWL, FHI 360, Washington, DC
Ruth Barajas-Cardona, Secretary, Director of Workforce and Education, Bay Area Community Resources, San Francisco, CA
Tad Asbury, Treasurer, Vice President & Executive Director, Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Bethesda, MD

Sharlet Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Kisha Bird, Director of Youth Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC
David Brown, Senior Fellow, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Ernest Dorsey, Assistant Director, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Baltimore, MD
Kathy Hamilton, Youth Transitions Director, Boston Private Industry Council, Boston, MA
Andrew Moore, Senior Fellow, National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, Washington, DC
Alice Prince, Executive Director, St. Louis Agency on Employment and Training, St. Louis, MO ​
Hector Rivera, Chief Operating Officer, Our Piece of the Pie, Hartford, CT ​
Daniel Tsin, Chief Impact Officer, Urban Alliance, Washington, DC ​
Johan Uvin, President and CEO, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC​
Heather Wathington, Chief Executive Officer at See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Schools, Washington, DC ​

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