Mary Kay Devine oversees the organization’s work to mobilize key constituent groups to advance WE’s advocacy goals.
Devine manages the Pathways to Careers Network, a statewide initiative to increase college and career success for adult learners with low basic skills. The Network provides information on policies and programs that promote successful student transitions into college and career paths, facilitates connections in the education and workforce development field, and advances a policy agenda that prioritizes adult student transitions to degrees as a key human capital strategy for state leaders.
She serves on the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition and the Illinois team for Accelerating Opportunity to promote and support the successful implementation of innovative models like bridge programs that prepare adults with limited academic or English skills to enter and succeed in education and training programs.
In 2008, Devine launched Students Advocates for Success (SAS), a student organizing project that brings together community college students to advocate for increased education funding and financial aid.
Prior to joining WE in 2008, Devine worked for ten years as an organizer with a national labor union.
Devine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Loyola University Chicago.
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