The Future of Work & Education


A data presentation on the future of work and education in Ohio followed by a panel discussion.

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In October of 2017, the Ohio Business Roundtable announced the hiring of former Congressman Pat Tiberi as President and CEO of the Roundtable. During his 17-year tenure in the U.S. House representing central Ohio, Tiberi served as a senior member on the House Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over tax issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and trade agreements. He also served as chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health where he worked to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare. Tiberi also served on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, which he chaired from 2011 to 2014.

Throughout his time in Washington, Tiberi was a tireless advocate for comprehensive tax reform that would create a fairer, more transparent and more competitive tax code. Immediately prior to Tiberi departing the House, Congress passed the biggest tax reform in a generation, to make our businesses more competitive, create jobs, and provide much-needed relief to American families. Similarly, in his final year in the House, Tiberi served as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, where he worked with members to examine economic policy and to help grow the economy.

Earlier in his congressional career, Tiberi served as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade, where he helped lead the effort in the House to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) — a timeline and process that outlines how Congress will consider trade agreements, ensuring transparent trade agreements to hold the administration accountable. His work on trade policy helped grow the economy by knocking down barriers and opening new markets to American and Ohio goods and services creating more jobs. The son of Italian immigrants, Tiberi has been a lifelong resident of central Ohio. He is a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University and was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He began his career in public service as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked as a realtor. Pat and his wife, Denice, are the proud parents of four daughters.

Rafael Rivera is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company in the New Jersey Office. Rafael is part of the Economic Development and Workforce Development Practice of McKinsey, where he works with State and Local governments in the design of industrial development plans, economic development programs, and workforce training systems. Rafael has also worked in the design of poverty alleviation systems and cash transfer programs in Mexico, India, Brazil, Nigeria, and Kenya.

More recently, Rafael supported more than 20 States in the United States in their grant applications to programs such as the Build Back Better Regional Challenge, the Good Jobs Challenge, and other programs of Economic Adjustment Assistance of the American Rescue Plan. In addition, he has supported several regional coalitions in the design of training programs to address skill gaps and trends such as automation and remote work. Rafael has also worked in publications related to the Future of Work with McKinsey.

Rafael holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

Michael Collins is Vice President at JFF, a national non-profit working to transform our nation’s education and workforce systems to accelerate economic advancement for all. Mr. Collins serves on JFF’s executive team and provides leadership for JFF’s programs. For the last 16 years he led a multi-state postsecondary reform network working to increase completion rates for learners from low income-backgrounds by supporting individual colleges and state postsecondary systems to identify and implement evidence-based practices and practitioner-informed policies through reform initiatives such as Achieving the Dream, The Developmental Education Initiative, Completion by Design, the Student Success Center Initiative, and the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Project. In the fall of 2020, he took the helm of a new JFF effort to increase equity in education, employment, earnings, and economic mobility outcomes for underserved populations in our economy with a special emphasis on Black learners and workers. An inveterate collaborator, he has partnered with nationally recognized organizations such as the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Carnegie Math Pathways|WestED, the Dana Center, SOVA Solutions, the Community College Research Center, and a host of other organizations, state systems, and philanthropic institutions. Prior to joining JFF, he served as Assistant Commissioner for Participation and Success at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Mr. Collins serves on the boards of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and the National Student Clearinghouse and is board chair of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and serves as a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Mr. Collins holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds is the Vice President of Policy for ExcelinEd.
Lizzette has nearly three decades of policy and legislative experience at both the state and federal level. In her home state of Texas, she served as deputy legislative director for then-Governor George W. Bush and, most recently, as Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency. Under Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Lizzette served as Special Assistant in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, where she guided the reauthorizations of IDEA and Head Start. She also served as the Secretary’s Regional Representative under Secretary Margaret Spellings. Her career reflects deep experience in education policy development and implementation as well as the “how-to” of legislative work needed to advance education reforms. Among her numerous appointments, Lizzette currently sits on the board of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the Austin advisory board of IDEA Public Schools and the advisory board of UTeach. She received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University.