For over 25 years, Ana has advocated for economic development initiatives that empower individuals to reach their potential. Her passion for education led her to her current role as CEO of JobPath. This non-profit provides financial and socioemotional support to adults pursuing short-term training in high-demand industries. Dr. Greif leads a talented team of staff and coaches to help 700 students annually pursue industrial trades, information technology, and healthcare careers, increasing their income by an average of $40,000 per year.
Prior to JobPath, Ana was a part of Pima Community College’s Workforce Development Division, where she built relationships between the College’s career and technical education programs and regional business and industry stakeholders. In addition, she followed regional economic development trends and government policy initiatives to inform academic program development.
Dr. Greif’s past work also includes founding and leading Varela Consulting, which assisted governments, universities, and public and private institutions worldwide in developing programs and policies to support entrepreneurship.
Ana holds a Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. Her dissertation research explored the manufacturing skills gap, with a focus on how nontechnical skills attainment impacts manufacturing technicians’ behavior in the workplace. Dr. Greif also holds a Masters's Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.