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Meena Naik
Meena Naik

Meena Naik

Jobs for the Future (JFF)

Lewisville, TX USA

"Figure out what that context is that makes you happy . . . because when things get hard, you’re going to want to power through because you’re doing something you love."

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Day In The Life

Director, Skills First Design

I work on our labs team testing out new ideas as they relate to supporting the workforce and education ecosystems.


Day In The Life Of A Workforce Development Director

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Physiology and Neuroscience

    University of California, San Diego

  • Graduate Degree

    Higher Education Administration and Student Development and Affairs

    Drexel University

  • Doctorate

    Educational Psychology

    University of North Texas

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    In high school, I worked as an EMT on an ambulance—I expected to eventually become a medical doctor.

  • 2.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in physiology and neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego.

  • 3.

    After realizing that I couldn’t envision myself working in the career I was set on, I began thinking about what I’m really passionate about, which is helping people feel valued and like they belong.

  • 4.

    That led me down the path to higher education administration.

  • 5.

    I started working in student affairs and with student organizations, helping to facilitate programs.

  • 6.

    As time went on, I started realizing that it wasn’t enough, so I went back to school and earned my master’s degree in higher education administration.

  • 7.

    I then worked in academic support services for underserved students who’ve been systemically left out of processes.

  • 8.

    I wanted to work at a systems-level in order to reach more people, which led me to my current position at JFF as the director for Skills First Design.