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Jan Bray

Janet Bray is the Chief Strategist and founder of Bray Strategies. She brings a unique perspective and vision to best practices for connecting education and industry for a relevant, skilled workforce. For more than eleven years, Janet served as the Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education, a not-for-profit association representing over 30,000 professionals across the United States. As Executive Director, Janet managed the staff and oversaw the development of program services for the members of the association and the CTE profession. She provided leadership on a broad spectrum of education and workforce issues and directed the strategic public policy and public awareness efforts of the association.

Janet represents, or has represented, the career and technical education profession on a number of Boards and advisory groups:

  • Manufacturing Foresight Education and Workforce Committee
  • Workcred Advisory Council
  • Home Builder's Institute Board of Trustees
  • Manufacturing Skills Standards Council
  • National Coalition of Certification Centers
  • Physicians Assistants Foundation
  • HVAC Workforce Development Foundation
  • ANSI Certificate Program Accreditation Committee
  • US Partnership for Education for Environmental Sustainability
  • Department of Labor Apprenticeship Advisory Committee
  • Friends of the National High School Center
  • America's Promise Alliance Board of Trustees
  • Workforce Solutions Group

Janet has provided assistance and consulting services to a number of organizations, industries and companies:

  • NRF Foundation
  • Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
  • National Coalition of Certification Centers
  • Ohio Career Technical Center Superintendents
  • National Council of Local Administrators
  • Professional Examination Services
  • Public Consulting Group
  • Global Pathways Institute
  • ed2g0/Cengage
  • National Restaurant Association Education Foundation
  • National Association of Workforce Boards
  • Ideagen
  • Innovate-Educate
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Industry Workforce Needs Coalition
  • Manhattan Strategies Group
  • Penn Foster
  • National Skills Coalition
  • Propane Education Research Council

During her 40-year tenure in the association management profession, she has provided leadership to a variety of associations in strategic planning, education program development, outreach to related professions and publics and creation of innovative programs and services. She was instrumental in the development of a Youth Apprenticeship Program for the graphic arts industry in the State of Wisconsin and initiated the industry’s effort to develop national skill standards.

Janet has been an active participant in the association community serving on the American Society of Association Executives Education Foundation Board of Directors, Greater Washington Society of Association Executives Board of Directors, and numerous association-related committees and councils. Janet holds a Bachelors Degree in History and Government from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Adult Education from the George Washington University. Janet earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 1991 and is a member of the distinguished ASAE Fellows.

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