.J. Alssid Associates is led by Julian L. Alssid, a nationally recognized strategist who has been at the leading edge of education and workforce development for over 30 years. 


Prior to launching the consulting firm, Julian served as Vice President of Workforce Partnerships at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). In just two-and-a-half years, Julian transformed CCRI’s low-performing workforce operation into a key driver of workforce and economic development in the region, serving over 25,000 students annually. Working hand-in-hand with RI Governor Gina Raimondo and leading employers including General Dynamics Electric Boat, CVS Health, Infosys, and Amgen, CCRI is now regarded as a model community college.

"Julian Alssid's perspective on workforce education combines the best of both worlds: an insider's deep, detailed knowledge of higher education as it exists today and an outsider's passion for disruptive innovation. 

No one trying to make a difference in the field could ask for more."

- Tamar Jacoby, President

Opportunity America


Between 2013 and 2017, Julian helped Southern New Hampshire University to design and establish College for America (CfA), a groundbreaking model which partners with employers to offer project-centered, competency-based education (CBE) to working learners. In just three years, CfA went from the drawing board to serving over 7,000 students through its affordable certificate and degree programs. As Chief Workforce Strategist, Julian's role was to ensure that the college’s offerings had labor market relevance. He was instrumental in building CfA’s B2B model through partnerships with over 100 leading employers including Anthem, Gap, and Partners HealthCare. 


Between 1998 and 2013, Julian founded and led Workforce Strategy Center where he advised over 23 states, the federal government, and numerous foundations on workforce policy and established himself as a leader in promoting effective, practical solutions for implementing career pathways initiatives. 


Julian has authored major studies on workforce strategy. His views on engaging employers and creating effective workforce development systems have received extensive attention in national and local media, and he speaks and writes regularly on the need for policy and educational reform in the field.


Julian has also held senior positions in education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce (now the Partnership for New York City), LaGuardia Community College, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City. His accomplishments in New York City included helping to establish the High School Institute for Law and Social Justice at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, one of the first high school academies in the United States, and designing and leading Prep: Preparing for Profit, a small business management program at LaGuardia Community College that was the precursor to Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses.