JD Hoye is the President of NAF. With a deep commitment to preparing students for college and meaningful careers, Hoye has worked at both the grassroots and the highest levels of government to reform how young people are engaged in learning and how they are positioned to pursue their academic interests and career goals. Through this work, she has become a nationally recognized leader in forging partnerships between educators and employers.
In leading NAF, Hoye oversees a network of nearly 700 career-themed academies serving more than 100,000 students in 36 states, including DC and the US Virgin Islands. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes – finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences – and work in partnership with over 5,000 business professionals.
Prior to her appointment at NAF, Hoye served as President of Keep the Change, Inc., a nationally recognized consulting business focused on helping communities reform education and develop a skilled workforce. An active public speaker, Hoye worked closely with NAF while President of Keep the Change, Inc. and built strong relationships with the organization and its leadership.
During her years in the public sector, Hoye developed and implemented policy at the highest level of federal government. In 1994, she was selected by US Secretary of Education Richard Riley and US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to head the new Office of School-to-Work in Washington, D.C. She served in that role for four years, overseeing a $1.1 billion budget and spurring nationwide progress in education reform and workforce development.
Hoye has also been a leader for education reform at the state and local levels. She was Associate Superintendent of the Office of Professional/Technical Education for the Oregon Department of Education and Office of Community Colleges and served as the leader of a 27-county organization that managed federal job training funding for rural counties in Oregon.
Hoye’s commitment to the mission of NAF is rooted in her genuine passion to make young people’s lives better. She began her career as a youth employment counselor working directly with at-risk youth in Corvallis, Oregon, where she saw first-hand the benefits of connecting youth with school and careers.