Executive Director & Senior Researcher
Disability Employment, Research Design, workforce policy
Kathy Krepcio is the Executive Director of the Center, responsible for executive management and day-to-day oversight of administration, research, technical assistance, client service, and project operations. Krepcio brings to the Heldrich Center an exceptional track record in government and nonprofit executive leadership, policy and program development. Prior to joining the Center, she served as chief of staff in the New Jersey State Office of Information Technology managing the key business activities of the state's central information technology organization, and as the Director for Policy and Planning at the New Jersey Department of Human Services where she was responsible for providing policy research, development and analysis on a wide range of human services areas, including development of state welfare reform efforts.
In addition to her responsibilities as Executive Director, Kathy leads the Center's disability and employment work. Her research and technical assistance activities have focused on disability employment as well as social welfare, education, employment and training and program evaluation. Most recently, she served as the Project Director for the National Technical Assistance and Research Leadership Center to Promote Employment and Economic Independence for Adults with Disabilities (NTAR Leadership Center) - a workforce consortium sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and based at the Heldrich Center, and Principal Investigator of the State of New Jersey’s Comprehensive Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to Increase Employment for New Jersey residents with disabilities. She also managed the Center's intensive technical assistance and program design work for the September 11th Fund's $78 million employment assistance program for dislocated workers in the greater New York/New Jersey region.
Krepcio appears frequently as a speaker at conferences and public meetings. She is the co-author of several research reports and briefs related to the U.S. workforce system, disability employment, labor market information, dislocated workers and program evaluation. She earned a Master of Arts from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers and a Bachelor of Arts from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.