Thursday, June 13, 2024

Tracey Jackson appointed VP of workforce development and community impact at 16 Tech

16 Tech Community Corporation (16TCC) has appointed Tracey Jackson as its new vice president of workforce development and community impact. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization is responsible for the physical and programmatic development of the 16 Tech Innovation District.

In her new role, Jackson will focus on building upon 16 Tech’s community engagement efforts to connect and prepare diverse talent, especially residents of the Near West and Near Northwest neighborhoods of Indianapolis to opportunities in advanced industries.

“Lowering barriers to participation in the innovation economy has been core to the long-term vision for 16 Tech. We’re excited to build on our history of grassroots engagement and to play a larger role in regional and state workforce and talent initiatives to ensure the availability of opportunities in 16 Tech that support workforce, talent attraction and retention, experiential learning and K-12 STEM opportunities,” President of 16TCC Emily Krueger said in a statement.

Jackson is a Purdue University graduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master’s in Human Resource Management. She has held leadership roles at Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University School of Medicine, Martin University and is the Founder and CEO of Real Chance Strategies, LLC.

Jackson brings nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, human resources and nonprofit sectors. She has utilized her experience in workforce development, restorative justice, community and social impact, recruitment, student success, talent development & innovation and philanthropic relationship building to lead and execute organizational goals.

Jackson will lead the design, implementation and evaluation of the 16 Tech’s talent and community initiatives, ensuring alignment and effectiveness of programs to cultivate inclusive, neighborhood-based talent pipelines that can successfully meet employers’ talent demands in the 16 Tech Innovation District and in STEM occupations in Central Indiana. She will be responsible for creating partnerships that link 16 Tech with state and industry resources to address workforce development and community needs.

By engaging both community and employer partner needs, Jackson has a record of success in creating career pathways and economic mobility for underserved and historically marginalized communities.

Tracey Jackson is known for her work supporting and elevating workforce boards, creating nationally recognized restorative justice programs, designing and launching equitable training programs for both global and local companies and leveraging her strong relationships in the community to scale equitable access to education and careers.

With her appointment, Jackson is expected to lead 16 Tech’s community and talent initiatives to create more opportunities for diverse talent and to ensure the availability of talent that supports workforce, talent attraction and retention, experiential learning and K-12 STEM opportunities in Central Indiana.

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