Jamai Blivin

Jamai is Founder and CEO of Innovate+Educate, a nonprofit she started in 2008 with a vision for an organization that could pilot strategies in New Mexico that could impact those living in poverty and/or not able to complete college due to financial and life constraints.   Within three years, the organization had received national recognition for their strategies in skills-based hiring and began their work nationally. Since then, I+E has been a national leader in workforce strategies to assure employment pathways for all (a filter in approach).

Jamai enjoyed a 15-year career in the investment field, managing over $125 Million in assets at the height of her career. She retired in 2001 to pursue her passion for education and the underserved youth, teaching middle school in Little Rock, AR and Durham, NC from 2001 to 2006. In 2006, she joined the North Carolina Technology Association, overseeing a congressional project in Robeson County, NC. She later led the work at the NCTA Education Foundation and started the Knowledge Workforce Committee in 2007 to address the IT shortage pipeline of member companies.

Jamai moved to her home, Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2008, to work with New Mexico State University (NMSU) in launching the State’s P-20 online learning network. Knowing her passion was industry-driven, she approached Intel and Lockheed Martin to launch Innovate+Educate in December 2008. Since then, Jamai has been dedicated to her passion to expand opportunity by creating new employment pathways to employment based on skills and competencies.”

Jamai is a frequent speaker on the topic of skills-based hiring. Jamai serves on multiple national boards including The Future at Work Coalition, the Urban Research Park CDE, and the K12 Career Readiness Initiative. She also is very involved in her work in NM, sitting on the City of Albuquerque Learning Council, City of Santa Fe Children’s’ Cabinet, the Development Committee for the NM School for the Arts, and the ACT State Leadership Board (NM).

She and her husband, Dave, have seven children ages 14-30, all on their own education to employment journey. When not focusing on her work, she is found in the garden, doing yoga, or reading.


Select News articles and Publications:

Released January 2018, A Nation Upside Down https://innovate-educate.org/a_nation_upside_down/

Featured in Boston Globe – November 2017 – https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/specials/top-places-to-work/2017/11/19/what-resumes-can-show-about-job-candidates-skills-tests-can/i3My0w4oDYnePrECg4NUsN/story.html

Blog featured by Southern New Hampshire University- April 2017 http://collegeforamerica.org/competency-based-hiring/?utm_source=2017%20Nurture%20Campaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Competency-Based%20Hiring%20-%20Educate%20%2B%20Innovate%20Interview

Huffington Post Blogs by Jamai Blivin