Besides the work on the ground, the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) is also involved in Heartland Alliance’s advocacy efforts with the state and federal governments, pushing for policies that will better empower disadvantaged job seekers as they look for work. These two roles are quite complementary: Because the NTJN has direct, hands-on field experience, when it comes to policy, it is uniquely positioned to actually affect change.
What Melissa Does
Associate Director of the National Transitional Jobs Network
Melissa’s job is to find ways to improve access to employment opportunities for the people who need it most, and to partner with programs that empower those individuals. She typically starts her day by engaging Heartland Alliance’s community on social media, making sure to keep the communication lines open, and works with individuals across the workforce, homelessness and housing, criminal justice, and youth fields.