Maria Flynn

Maria Flynn

President & CEO

Jobs for the Future (JFF)

San Diego, CA USA

Always believe in yourself. You have more ability than you even know.


By Roadtrip Nation

Maria Flynn


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up hearing about economic issues because my father worked for the Department of Labor in New Jersey and my mother was an administrative assistant for our local career and technical school.
I decided to follow a similar path and earned my degree in international relations and affairs with a minor in economics from Saint Joseph’s University.
After graduating from college, I started working for the US Department of Labor.
While working at the US Department of Labor, I went back to school and earned my master’s of governmental administration.
I worked my way up within the Department of Labor and held various high-level positions, all involving employment, training, and research.
In 2007, I joined Jobs for the Future as vice president and later became senior vice president—I led the Building Economic Opportunity Group as well as JFF’s federal policy and advocacy strategies.
I currently work as president and CEO of Jobs for the Future.
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High School
International Relations and Affairs
Saint Joseph's University
Government Administration
University of Pennsylvania


President & CEO

I lead a nonprofit organization that works to drive economic advancement for all.

Career Roadmap

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

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be curious about your opportunities. Ask a lot of questions of your teachers, counselors, and your friends' parents. That's a great way to explore what kinds of opportunities are out there. Think about that drives you—what you're passionate about. What skills do you have that are unique to you? Consider the types of environments you like. Do you like working at a desk or would you rather be out around people? These are things that can help you figure out what paths may be best for you.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

International Relations and Affairs
Government Administration


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"I'm not sure about your vision. I don't think you have the ability to lead."