Jane Oates

Jane Oates



San Diego, CA USA

Don’t be afraid to do something different because different is how we got here. And ‘here’ is a pretty good place, but the future is going to be even better if we have risk takers.


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Jane Oates


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in education and started my career as a special education teacher.
After spending some time teaching, I realized that I didn’t know how to teach reading as well as I should, so I went back to school to earn a master’s degree as a reading specialist.
I later moved on to work as a research professor at Temple University.
The opportunity to go to Washington, DC, and work in policy eventually presented itself, so I followed that path.
I served as a senior policy advisor for Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts for almost a decade and then spent three years as a senior advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine.
In 2009, I was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration under Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.
I moved on to work as vice president of external affairs for the Apollo Group before joining WorkingNation, a nonprofit media entity that shares stories to promote solutions for the U.S. workforce.
I started at WorkingNation as an executive committee member and now serve as president of the organization.
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High School
Teacher Education and Professional Development
Boston College
Arcadia University



I lead a nonprofit media organization that tells stories about the current and future state of work.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Build a support group. Family, friends, and mentors are all very important for helping you build your career, navigate challenges, and find success.

Recommended Education

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

Teacher Education and Professional Development


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't know what anyone is talking about. I need to fix myself so that I can keep up."

Challenges I Overcame

Cancer Survivor