As a workforce development practitioner and trainer, Dee Wallace has designed and facilitated workshops, conferences, and practicums on topics such as employment strategies for people with criminal records, retention and advancement, employer engagement, and program financing strategies. She currently serves as faculty for the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network of the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Leadership Academies across New Orleans, Hartford, Detroit, Baltimore, Jackson, and other cities. She has directed special projects with the Texas Child Support Division’s Family Initiatives section, including a five-year research demonstration examining behavioral economics in child support. Dee has designed and delivered learning events and products for Goodwill Industries International, developed the NYC Workforce Leaders Academy for Public/Private Ventures, and served as facilitator for the Sector Strategies Practicum, the Construction Sector Community of Practice, and the Sector Skills Academy for the Aspen Institute and Public/Private Ventures (P/PV).
She coauthored “Going to Work with a Criminal Record: Lessons from Fathers at Work; Navigating the Child Support System: Lessons from Fathers at Work and Working Dads: The Final Report on the Fathers at Work Demonstration” as project director for P/PV’s noncustodial fathers research demonstration.
Dee served as vice president of employment and training for Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, administrative manager for the Southeastern Reinvestment Ventures community development loan fund, and project director for the Atlanta Center for Employment and Training One-Stop Demonstration. She served on the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Task Force on Workforce Development, the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, and the Board of Directors of The Care Communities of Austin. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Individual Service Award from the Georgia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and a founding co-chair of the Georgia Alliance for Workforce Development, and she was appointed by the governor to the Workforce Investment Board for the State of Georgia.
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and African-American studies from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University.