Brittany Moniz ’14 was recently hired as a program manager at Jobs for the Future (JFF). As a member of the Work Unit team, she supports partnerships with employers, government agencies, educators, industry associations, and others to build and scale high-quality workforce development programs. For example, she is currently working on a project to help create on-ramps for IT careers through partnerships with community-based organizations using Google Career Certificates.
Moniz is inspired by JFF’s ability to create and facilitate partnerships throughout the workforce and education sectors to drive systematic change. She is part of collaborative efforts between employers and education providers to better equip learners for economic advancement through career pathways. She finds it incredibly motivating to work with other professionals who are passionate about equity in economic advancement.
“I’ve always believed education can be a catalyst for changing one’s life because of my experience at Westfield State,” Moniz said. “As a first-generation college student, I took advantage of many opportunities to get involved in student government and benefited from several internships to prepare for a career in the nonprofit sector. I gained confidence in my abilities to lead and affect change, developed critical thinking skills to problem-solve with others, and made connections with faculty and staff mentors who guided me on my journey. I would be remiss if I did not specifically mention the tremendous impact that the professors in the Communication Department as well as The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars had on my professional development.”
Prior to joining Jobs for the Future, Moniz worked at Harvard Business School Online for five years. As a program services manager, she oversaw the delivery of online certificate programs to global cohorts of learners. She also served as the strategic alliances manager for a period. She enjoyed working on business process improvement initiatives that allowed the organization to help an increasing number of students take the next step in their careers.
One of her favorite memories from Westfield was working with the 2014 Class Council members and their talented contestants to organize the Mr. Westfield events which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation. What started as a small fundraising event turned into an annual pageant show that brought together people from all corners of the campus community.
After graduating from Westfield State in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in 2014, Moniz was honored to help kickstart the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Westfield State Alumni Association. For more information about Alumni Association chapters, click here.