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Dr. Johan E. Uvin

Dr. Johan E. Uvin


Headshot: Johan UvinJohan E. Uvin became IEL's president in February 2017. Prior to his IEL leadership, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. While at the Department, he also served as the acting director of the Policy Research and Evaluation Services Division of OCTAE and the co-chair of the Interagency Forum on Disconnected Youth, a multi-agency federal collaboration to improve the outcomes of disconnected youths. Since 2010, he has also been a member of the steering committee of the Domestic Policy Council's New Americans Citizenship and Integration Initiative, which developed a framework for federal efforts on immigrant integration. Uvin further led the Department's Pay for Success work and coordinates the Department's responsibilities related to the implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on Job-Driven Training. He started at the Department as the OCTAE senior policy advisor to then Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier (IEL Board member), before advancing to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives in the Office.

Prior to his appointments at the Department, Uvin led the Rhode Island state office that oversees adult education, career and technical education, and GED testing. He also held several leadership positions in education and workforce development in both the public and private sectors.

Uvin holds a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy and a master's degree in international education from Harvard University. He also holds a Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vt.

Uvin is married to Alison Simmons and has two young adult twin sons. When not in D.C. he resides in Roslindale, Mass.