Job Quality Fellowship

Americans place a high value on work and believe hard work should offer a pathway to economic security. But decades of lagging wages, eroding benefits, declining employment security, and insufficient attention to addressing barriers to equity and inclusion means that too many jobs do not match that vision of work as a pathway to an economically stable life. Many see this as the central issue leading to the erosion of widely shared opportunity and economic prosperity. To restore the ideal of work as the pathway to the American Dream, our economy needs more quality jobs.

In communities across the country, there are leaders innovating to address this quality jobs challenge. We have seen strategies in economic development, workforce development and business consulting that encourage higher quality jobs. We have seen local officials building policies to encourage and reward higher quality jobs. We have seen traditional and nontraditional labor organizations advancing new strategies and collaborating with employers to improve job quality. And we have seen business leaders and social entrepreneurs develop innovative models that create higher quality jobs.

To support these innovations and encourage even more, the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program is delighted to present the Job Quality Fellowship. This fellowship brings together innovators from differing lines of work who are engaged in work that expands the availability of better quality jobs in our economy.

We are grateful to the Prudential Foundation and the Ford Foundation for their support of this work.