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Ron Marlow

Director of Workforce Development and Alternative Education

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.

Ronald G. Marlow’s career spans the public and not-for-profit sectors. Presently, Ron serves as Director of Workforce Development and Alternative Education with Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. In this role, he oversees the development and delivery of workforce development and supportive services programs targeted to adults, young adults and youth; English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); two alternative education high schools, and the MassHire Metro North Career Centers.

Before joining ABCD, Inc., he served as vice president for workforce development with the National Urban League. In this role, he was responsible for workforce development programs funded by the National Urban League but delivered locally by Urban League affiliates across the United States. Prior to the National Urban League, Marlow served as undersecretary for workforce development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. He was also instrumental in the formal institutionalization of the Workforce Skills Cabinet and pushed for the creation of a state Task Force to examine the systemic barriers that lead to disparate employment outcomes among African Americans, Latinos, and Persons with a Disability.

Committed to community service, Marlow serves on the boards of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. Previously, he served on the boards of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, the Center for Women Enterprise, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, and the Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation, among others.

Marlow is the recipient of numerous awards including the NAACP’s distinguished “Keeper of the Flame” award and the Small Business Administration’s Minority Business Champion award for both the state of Massachusetts and the New England Region. Marlow earned his master’s degree in law, policy, and society from Northeastern University and his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

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