Mandy Townsend

Mandy Townsend

Job Quality Fellow, Class of 2018-19, Economic Opportunities Program

Vice President of Employer Engagement, Jewish Vocational Service, Boston, MA

Mandy works with the area’s top employers in identifying, designing, implementing, and providing critical workforce development services and improving job quality. Through leadership and guidance, Mandy works with teams across JVS to ensure that the placement, training, coaching, and mentoring needs of our employer partners are met with innovative solutions tailored to current industry trends and individual needs. Mandy began her career at JVS as a Career Coach in the Refugee Services department, and has worked in education and workforce development for over 10 years. Most recently, she is spearheading the Job Quality and Employer Engagement work at JVS, using metrics and case studies to drive strategic partnerships, benefitting JVS’s job seekers. She has trained others on JVS’s approach in several national forums and diversified JVS’s funding streams through fee-for-service revenue from employer partners through this work.

Mandy Townsend is a member of the Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2018-19. To learn more about the Job Quality Fellows, visit

The Job Quality Fellowship is part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

Bio updated September 2018.