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Rachel Vilsack

Rachel Vilsack

Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition

Rachel Vilsack is a Senior Fellow at National Skills Coalition, where she serves as the organization’s expert on federal and state workforce data policy development and implementation, with a focus on the integration of workforce, education, and human services data systems.

With a 20-year track record in economic data analysis, Rachel’s national and state-level labor market analysis has helped shape and inform education and workforce policies at both the state and federal levels. Rachel is passionate about data transparency and data-driven policy development that lead to inclusive workforce policy solutions and equitable outcomes for workers. Rachel has authored numerous publications and is the author of National Skills Coalition’s monthly workforce data blog.

Prior to joining National Skills Coalition in 2020, Rachel was the Agency Performance Manager at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, where she led outcomes reporting for state and federal workforce training programs and served as the workforce representative to Minnesota’s Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS).

Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of St. Benedict (Minnesota) and a master’s degree in economics from Miami University (Ohio). She is based in Washington, DC.

Authored Posts

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