Full Name
Chike Aguh
Job Title
Head of Economic Mobility Pathways
Education Design Lab
Speaker Bio
Chike Aguh works across sectors on creating a future of work for all. He is the inaugural Head of Economic Mobility Pathways at the Education Design Lab. There he leads the Community College Growth Engine Fund, an innovative, tri-sector and $2.5M dollar effort turning community colleges into bridges to careers in high growth fields for every American learner and worker, starting with nearly 4,000 in 6 communities.

Chike is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where he is writing a book on the future of work and racial equity, and Venture Partner at Maryland-based New Markets Venture Partners where he focuses on workforce technologies. He is a faculty member at Columbia University, advisor on social impact to Baltimore-based upskilling technology startup Catalyte and frequent guest speaker at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.

Previously, Chike worked as an education policy official under the Mayor of New York, 2nd grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, Fulbright Scholar in Thailand researching education and skills, director of corporate strategy at Education Advisory Board (EAB), CEO of a national social enterprise which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans to affordable internet and digital skills, and Senior Principal and Future of Work Lead at the McChrystal Group, a business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal. He has also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Future of Work Taskforce, expert advisor to the AI Education Project, and inaugural Future of Work Fellow at the International Society for Technology in Education.

Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (MBA). He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar; past Council on Foreign Relations term member; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and the Washington Business Journal; former member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors, advisory board member at the Business for a Better World at George Mason University and Advisory Board Chair of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Chike and his work have been featured at or in the White House, Harvard, Forbes, Wired Magazine, Council on Foreign Relations, and Fast Company. Chike, his wife and their son proudly call Prince George’s County, MD home.
Chike Aguh