Vivian Guilfoy

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Vivian Guilfoy
Senior Advisor

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Vivian Guilfoy has designed and led innovative programs and research focused on workforce development, learning and literacy, and community development. At the heart of her work are ways to grow the talents of diverse learners—especially those who face multiple obstacles in their journey to further education, civic participation, and promising employment. She encourages youth and other learners to co-construct and design the projects in which they and their peers will participate.

Guilfoy has overseen public-private partnerships, national resource and technical assistance centers, and the design of tools to enable schools and communities to implement effective programs. These partnerships include major national foundations, corporations, and corporate foundations; venture philanthropists; the US Departments of Education, Labor, Justice; the National Science Foundation; and many national organizations focused on education and equity.

Guilfoy is coauthor of many publications that study and share promising practices for combining work and learning. More than Title IX: How Equity in Education Has Shaped the Nation, which captures inspiring stories of how ordinary women and men did extraordinary things to open up opportunities in STEM, sports, employment, legislation, and business.

Before joining EDC, Guilfoy directed Nontraditional Occupations for Women at the YWCA; implemented a Flexible Curriculum Planning Methodology for Puerto Rico at Consad Research; taught School, Business and Community Collaboration at BU Graduate School of Education; and provided technical assistance to high school vocational-technical and academic faculty specialists at American Institutes for Research.

Guilfoy received a BS Ed in social studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in educational research from the University of Pittsburgh.