The CAEL team draws great strength from its varied set of backgrounds and skills. But we hold one very important quality in common: dedicated expertise in forging the connections between learning and work that adult learners—and their communities—depend on for social mobility and economic equity.
Director of Initiatives
Mohona Siddique joined CAEL in 2023 as director of initiatives. Passionate about building an equitable economy that works for all workers, she is committed to creating successful environments through fostering a worker-centered workforce development system. Siddique focuses on developing strategic partnerships across the U.S. and manages projects that focus on workforce development initiatives, job quality, and future of work strategic planning, policy, and practice.
Siddique most recently served as an associate director at the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, where she directed and coordinated multi-year grants, and authored papers, research, and other thought leadership related to job quality and the future of work. Prior to the Aspen Institute, Siddique was the executive policy specialist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, serving as acting deputy policy director during her tenure. She also has held roles at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and The Brookings Institution.
Siddique holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, she now lives with her husband in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Areas of Expertise : Siddique has extensive experience in qualitative research, partnership development, and capacity-building related to job quality, centering worker voices, workforce development, and the future of work. Her past research has focused on the intersections of race, place, and economic mobility, particularly for low-and-moderate income workers.