Katia Albanese is a communications and government affairs professional with more than 18 years of experience conceptualizing and implementing public education and awareness campaigns, with extensive experience in the national disability employment policy arena. Specializing in directing multi-faceted projects requiring collaboration among diverse organizations, subject matter experts, policymakers and key stakeholders, she boasts extensive experience in strategic communications, and is uniquely skilled at forging effective public/private partnerships to leverage resources and amplify messages around key disability employment policy issues at the federal and state levels. Katia has been working with the U.S. Department of Labor in support of workforce development initiatives since 2002 with a focus on disability employment policy and such issues as work-based learning and apprenticeship options, return-to-work/stay-at-work strategies, emerging technologies, transportation, federal and state government employment, entrepreneurship, procurement and veterans affairs. She currently leads the Concepts team in support of several efforts, including ePolicyWorks and the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED), which are directed out of the Office of Disability Employment Policy. Katia has received several awards in recognition for her services, including the Secretary of Labor’s prestigious Award of Excellence, and is a contributing author to several publications, such as the Urban Institute’s Skill Up, The Scope of Modern Apprenticeship. Katia graduated from American University with a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in finance.
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