Luther Jackson

Luther Jackson

Program Manager


Santa Clara, CA USA

There’s great value in going into the first day at a new job and being scared. That’s where the learning really happens.


By Roadtrip Nation

Luther Jackson


My road in life has taken me all over.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in history and then started my career as a newspaper reporter.
While working as a reporter, I also volunteered for our union, the Newspaper Guild of Detroit.
When I eventually left journalism, I decided to work full-time for the Newspaper Guild of Detroit as an assistant administrative officer.
I did that for five years and then moved to California to work as an executive officer for the San Jose Newspaper Guild.
A friend of mine from the labor movement encouraged me to join the NOVAworks board—this gave me a good understanding of workforce issues while I continued to work for the union.
When I left my union job, I met with the NOVAworks director to discuss some of my ideas—she didn’t have the staff at the time to bring those ideas to fruition but she did offer me a job.
I’ve been working as a program manager for NOVAworks since then!
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High School
University of Pennsylvania


Program Manager

I work to figure out how people can best connect to work in a changing economy.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

One of the great things about my job is that there are no typical days. On any given day, I might be meeting with community leaders seeking better jobs for residents, or meeting with a tech employer seeking to hire diverse talent, or writing a research report about changing job skills, or even producing a video about job and educational opportunities for work building electric and self-driving cars.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I followed an unusual path, moving from history to journalism to labor union administration to workforce development. For a workforce development career, I would select a path that builds communication skills, includes some exposure to labor economics, and, for some jobs, includes a counseling component.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm an introvert, so I'm just not good at talking to and networking with people."