Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez is Vice President of Workforce Development at the National Urban League (NUL), in which role she oversees over $25 million dollars in federal and private grants. Her portfolio includes a senior job training program, an adult re-integration ex-offender program, an urban college-bound program, and urban youth empowerment programs that transition at-risk and adjudicated youth into career pathways and educational gateways. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships for the US Department of Labor.
Prior to joining NUL, Ms. Friedman-Gonzalez served as the Vice President of Community Based-Programs at Seedco. She initiated and implemented large scale, specialized workforce contracts, including welfare-to-work, career pathways, wage subsidy, green jobs, and fatherhood programs. 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 international learning networks focused on financial incentives. She previously worked in Mexico City as a consultant for the UNFPA. Ms. Friedman-Gonzalez earned her BS from Skidmore College, and her MPA and MSW from Columbia University.