Joel Vargas

Joel Vargas

Vice President Programs


Joel Vargas is a vice president of programs at JFF. He oversees programs focused on improving learning systems and outcomes advancing the application of research and analytics and inclusive regional economic development. Joel has also advanced policies and practices that promote improved high school and postsecondary outcomes for underserved students. He has helped develop state and federal policies that incorporate college and career experiences into high school. Since joining JFF in 2002 Joel has advanced a research and policy agenda for early colleges; created policy frameworks tools and model legislation; written and edited white papers books research reports and national publications; provided technical assistance to state task forces and working groups; and served on national advisory groups. In 2015 he launched JFF’s West Coast office which has supported regional networks to advance cross-sector strategies for improving the economic mobility of low-income youth and adults.Before JFF Joel directed initiated and studied middle school and high school programs designed to help students from underrepresented populations get into and through postsecondary education. He also has been a teacher an editor and is the president of the board of directors of EdSource a multimedia source of news for education in California. Joel has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a doctorate in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education

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