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Jon Alfuth

Senior Director of State Policy

Areas of Expertise: state policy transformation, workforce and postsecondary education policy, cross-sector education systems thinking

“One of the greatest education challenges of the 21st century is reimagining and recreating our education system so that all students can graduate high school equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful in what they choose to do next.”

As senior director of state policy, Jon leads KnowledgeWorks strategy to support state partners with technical assistance on policy development and adoption. His thought leadership revolves around helping all 50 states consider policy changes designed to advance personalized, competency-based learning.

Jon joins KnowledgeWorks with a deep background in working directly with state and federal education policy makers, as well as extensive experience as an educator. Immediately prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, he worked for the National Governors Association where he helped states strengthen their education, workforce and postsecondary education policies. In this role Jon provided direct technical assistance to states on a range of topics including dual enrollment, work-based learning and education-workforce systems alignment. He also previously held policy positions as an aid to Senator Richard Durbin (IL) and at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to his work in policy, Jon spent several years as a public school teacher and administrator in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jon received his bachelor’s degree and Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin Madison and is a proud Wisconsin Badger. In his spare time, Jon enjoys running half marathons and reading world history books.