Meena Naik

Director, Skills First Design

Jobs for the Future

Meena Naik is a director at Jobs for the Future focused on exploring the possibilities of a skills-first approach to economic mobility, and partnering with organizations and education providers to support the implementation of best practices in skills-first learning and credentialing efforts and associated technologies. Previously, she served as the program director for Career Connect at the University of North Texas where she led the marketable skills credential effort and was the university’s comprehensive learner record architect. She has held roles at several other institutions—including UC San Diego, Abilene Christian University, and Skyline College—supporting faculty development, instructional design, student-facing academic support services, retention programs for systemically excluded and historically underresourced students, and traditional student affairs programming. Meena is a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at the University of North Texas. She holds her M.S. in higher education and student development from Drexel University, and her B.S. in physiology and neuroscience from UC San Diego.