November 12–13, 2015  •  San Francisco, CA
Byron Auguste

Byron Auguste
Managing Director, Opportunity@Work

The future of jobs is inextricably tied to the future of education: constant, on-demand, and focused on the skills to get the job done. At the National Economic Council, Byron was the architect of the Obama administration’s TechHire initiative. Now at New America’s Opportunity@Work initiative, he is focused on how technology can better connect people with the skills they need to succeed.

— Tim O’Reilly

Quotes from Byron

We aim to create a job market where…
1. Employers hire based on competence, readiness, and attitude—not just on experience and pedigree.
2. High-quality training, accessible to anyone motivated and prepared to master valuable skills, creates pathways to better jobs.
3. Technology is used to accelerate learning and optimize human capital potential—not just to automate tasks.


Byron is managing director of Opportunity@Work, a civic enterprise based in Washington, D.C., that aims to re-wire the U.S. labor market in ways that enable more Americans to achieve upward mobility in the workplace.

Prior to co-founding Opportunity@Work in March 2015, Mr. Auguste served for two years in the White House as deputy assistant to the president for economic policy and deputy director of the national economic council, where his portfolio included job creation, skills and workforce policies, investment, infrastructure, exports, and the services sector.

Until 2013, Mr. Auguste was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, leading McKinsey’s High Tech Services sector from 2002 to 2006, and its global Social Sector office from 2007 to 2012. Prior to McKinsey, he was as an economist in international trade, global commodities markets, and development at LMC International, Oxford University, and the African Development Bank. He has been cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Economist, and has presented at the World Economic Forum, and at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Mr. Auguste earned a B.A. summa cum laude in economics and political science from Yale University, where he was awarded a Truman Scholarship, and a M. Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, as a Marshall Scholar.

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