Joel Simon

Vice President
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
Chicago, IL

Joel Simon brings more than 20 years of experience working at the local, regional and state level to link community and economic development with community residents through skills development, collaboration and capacity building. His work focuses on building regional collaboration to embed skills development into local and regional economic development and job creation efforts. He has provided consulting to multi-stakeholder workforce initiatives in 37 states, and has worked with public and private partnerships to address entry to advanced skills needs in existing and emerging sectors including aerospace, aviation, energy, life sciences, transportation, logistics, manufacturing, information technology, retail, hospitality and healthcare, as well as foundational skill efforts, target population initiatives and regional collaboration initiatives that cut across sectors. He has served as faculty for the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the International Economic Development Council, the Mid America Economic Development Council, the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Accreditation Council of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He has been featured as a keynote speaker, panelist and presenter at economic development, workforce development, and education conferences across the US. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago.