Debbie Hughes is a Senior Strategist at Entangled Solutions. She has been working in workforce and talent development for 14 years, engaging with businesses, employers, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies to define, translate, and align highest demand workforce needs with education solutions to develop the workforce of the future. She has written numerous thought leadership reports related to the workforce needs for the digital economy, with specific expertise in areas such as cybersecurity, data science and analytics, artificial intelligence, media and broadcast engineering, water science, cloud, and AR/VR. She has worked with C-level executives from fortune 500 companies across the financial services, manufacturing, aerospace, technology, retail, agriculture, and healthcare sectors. Her work has led to the development of over 50 new industry-recognized college credentials, as well as the go-to process and infrastructure for employers and education providers developing strategic partnerships. Debbie has been leading the Virginia Governor’s Smart and Connected Communities Working Group, is a Board Member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), as well as serves as the Co-Chair for the Asia Pacific Economic Council’s Project DARE – Data Analytics Raising Employment, creating consensus around the world on how to build the analytics abilities companies will need for the future of work.
Prior to Entangled, Debbie was an executive at the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) for 7 years, working with CEOs and university presidents to address the most pressing talent issues of our time. She led projects on behalf of federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and numerous corporate and private philanthropies.
Debbie became passionate about STEM education and workforce development while working at the Department of Energy, connecting students, teachers, colleges, and scientists to the national laboratories. She was part of an executive transition team for Project Lead The Way, an education non-profit with 2M k-12 students taking engineering and computer science courses. While there, she built a national partnership and engagement strategy for expanding career and technical education and applied learning experiences for all students across the United States.
Debbie holds a B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, where she studied business, industrial organizational psychology, and international science and technology policy.