Tabitha Manross

Chief of Staff, JFFLabs

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Tabitha Manross is chief of staff at JFFLabs, the innovation lab of Jobs for the Future. A member of the JFFLabs team, she partners with that unit’s leadership to develop and drive strategic initiatives that foster innovative solutions in education and workforce systems.

Her skills and areas of expertise include:

  • Impact assessment and reporting
  • Strategic planning and visioning
  • Project and program management and evaluation
  • Pilot design and execution
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Resource planning
  • Process improvements

Tabitha joined JFF with 10 years of experience in strategy, data analysis, and innovation. Most recently, she served as the director of strategy at a $200 million education and workforce development nonprofit. There, she oversaw strategy definition, alignment, and execution and helped envision and develop innovative new initiatives.

She is passionate about ensuring that all Americans have access to education and workforce pathways that give them opportunities to improve not only their own futures, but also those of their families and future generations. She’s excited to have a hand in helping entrepreneurs, startups, and established providers of proven solutions as they scale their offerings and cross-pollinate innovative ideas to create opportunities for equitable economic advancement.

Tabitha lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Mike, and two kids—Callie and Caffrey. They keep her busy with cooking adventures, outside escapades, and numerous trips to the local children’s museum.