Press Release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Appoints National Fund’s Fred Dedrick to Serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Published oct. 09, 2014

NACIE’s overarching focus is recommending transformational policies to the Secretary that will help U.S. communities, businesses and the workforce become more globally competitive. NACIE members, who will serve a two-year term, were chosen based on their ability to carry out the objectives of the Council. All of the appointees have demonstrated expertise and experience in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and workforce skills. In reviewing the applications, the Secretary sought individuals who have been nationally recognized leaders in a variety of fields in order to create a balanced point of view, including a representation of different demographics, organization size, industry sector and geographic regions. 

NACIE’s work will be organized into subcommittees around three main focus areas: entrepreneurship, innovation and job-driven skills training. The full Council will convene four times each year beginning with the first meeting in December 2014. To learn more about NACIE, visit

About the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions, based in Boston, MA, is a growing national partnership of employers, communities, workers and philanthropy. Together, they invest in 35 regional funder collaboratives to strengthen local economies by implementing demand-driven workforce strategies that create talent supply chains, close skill gaps and improve systems. To learn more, visit


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