PAACE 2018 Conference Keynote Speakers
Amanda Harrison is the chief of the PA Department of Education (PDE) Division of Adult Education. She has been the state director of adult education for Pennsylvania since 2014. Previously, she served as the family literacy advisor, an adult basic education advisor and the GED ® State Administrator. Prior to joining PDE, she worked as an ESL instructor and ESL program manager at Catholic Charities in Harrisburg. She has a M.A. in Foreign Language Education/TESL from The University of Texas at Austin.
Jesse McCree is the CEO of SCPa Works, an organization whose mission is to unlock the human talent that drives the development of businesses and individuals, creating opportunity for growth and prosperity for the South Central PA region. Under Jesse’s leadership, SCPa Works invests over $13M of public funds, annually supporting a labor force of over 740,000 people. SCPa Works invests in, evaluates, and advances high impact workforce development programs, training centers, and policies that drive our regional economic growth by connecting the needs of business and job seekers. Jesse has a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowdoin College (Maine) and a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University (NY), and ten years of experience in nonprofit management, public policy and workforce development. He is currently enrolled in Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program for nonprofit leadership, and serves on numerous boards of community organizations such as the PA Workforce Development Association and U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.