Workforce Policy

The Joint Center’s Workforce Policy Program centers Black workers in policy debates concerning the future of work, workforce development, and access to good jobs. ​​The Workforce Policy Program is about ​the future of Black workers.

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Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy II

Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce Policy

Brian Kennedy II is a senior policy analyst of Workforce Policy at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Prior to joining the Joint Center, Brian served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Recovery Programs where he supported the administration of American Rescue Plan funds to states and local governments. Brian is also the co-host of At The Intersection, a Durham-based podcast about policy, culture, and identity.

Justin Nalley

Justin Nalley

Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce Policy

Justin Nalley is a senior policy analyst of Workforce Policy at the Joint Center. Justin brings his experience advocating for access to equitable resources for Black communities to produce timely policy research and data analysis, which centers Black workers in workforce development, post-secondary access, and access to quality jobs.

Before joining the Joint Center, Justin served as the senior public policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. In this role, Justin researched, lobbied, and conducted state fiscal analysis to shape policy for Black youth and families in public education, juvenile justice reform, and voting rights.