Senior Project Manager
Maria Heidkamp, Senior Project Manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, is involved in research on issues affecting dislocated workers, older workers, the long-term unemployed, and persons with disabilities. She is currently researching promising community college-employer partnership models and career pathways initiatives. Recent publications include Older Workers, Rising Skill Requirements, and the Need for a Re-envisioning of the Public Workforce System. She also co-authored with Carl Van Horn two Issue Briefs (Older and Out of Work: Trends in Older Worker Displacement and Older and Out of Work: Employer, Government, and Non-Profit Assistance) for the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College. Before joining the Heldrich Center, Ms. Heidkamp worked overseas for the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Agency for International Development as the director of the Labor Market Transition Project in Hungary and served as a technical advisor on dislocated workers, customized training and economic development in transition economies. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the National Governors Association covering a range of workforce issues. She has a degree in government from Cornell University and was awarded the first Random House Publishing Studies fellowship at New York University, where she attended graduate school.