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San Francisco, CA
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J Employment, Job Related
J21 Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing
P Human Services
P84 Ethnic/Immigrant Services
W Public, Society Benefit
W70 Leadership Development
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Upwardly Global's mission is to eliminate all barriers to professional workplace entry for highly skilled - yet poor and marginalized - immigrants, refugees, and asylees.
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Ms. Jane Leu
Jane is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and nonprofit leader. She has devoted her professional life to helping immigrants and refugees achieve economic integration. Before founding Upwardly Global, she was the Assistant Director for Resettlement, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Assistant Director of RefugeeWorks, which provides technical assistance to refugee employment programs. She also helped launch seven refugee Welfare-to-Work programs. In 2000, she and Conrad Asper co-founded the craigslist nonprofit venture forum, a new approach for connecting the giving community to social change organizations. Jane was the first Program Coordinator of the Nonprofit Program (now the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations) at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Going-To-Scale Project that generated interest in venture philanthropy. She contributed research to publications on nonprofit organizational capacity, including "Virtuous Capital: What Foundations Can Learn from Venture Capitalists," Harvard Business Review, March 1997, and High Performance Nonprofit Organizations, Letts, Ryan and Grossman, Wiley and Sons, 1998. Jane holds a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree from Tufts University. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Draper Richards Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow and a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow. Jane is a frequent speaker on immigrant issues and social entrepreneurship.
Upwardly Global is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate all barriers to professional workplace entry for highly skilled – yet poor and marginalized – immigrants, refugees, and asylees. One in every five immigrants, representing 1.3 million across the US, are highly skilled, college educated, yet unemployed or working in unskilled jobs as dishwashers, taxi drivers, and security guards. Our program delivers the critical resources, training, and support to unemployed and underemployed immigrant professionals with the skills and confidence needed to move themselves and their families out of poverty and into self-sufficient, skills-based positions in the U.S. workforce.
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