In September 2011, Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez joined the National Urban League (NUL) to serve as the Vice President of Workforce Development. Friedman-Gonzalez oversees over $25 million dollars in federal and private grants and her portfolio includes a Senior Job Training program, an adult Re-integration Ex-offender Program, an Urban College Bound program and several Urban Youth Empowerment Programs focused on transitioning at-risk and adjudicated youth into meaningful career pathways and educational gateways. In 2012, the US Department of Labor appointed Friedman-Gonzalez to serve on its Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships.
Prior to joining NUL, Friedman-Gonzalez served as the Vice President of Community Based-Programs at Seedco. During her tenure at Seedco, Friedman-Gonzalez initiated and implemented several large scale and specialized workforce contracts- including Welfare to Work, Career Pathways, Wage Subsidy, Green Jobs and Fatherhood programs to name a few. She was part of the original roll-out and implementation team of the nation’s first conditional cash transfer program and has been involved in several international learning networks focused on financial incentives. Prior to joining Seedco, Friedman-Gonzalez worked in Mexico City as a consultant for the UNFPA. Friedman-Gonzalez received her MPA and MSW from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College. She has over 14 years of experience in the non-profit sector and over 10 years of experience running TANF and WIA employment programs.