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Ian Straughter

Karp Strategies

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Ian brings over a decade of experience in workforce and community development, project management, stakeholder engagement, and partnership creation to his role as principal at Karp Strategies. During his time at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Ian cultivated partnerships with key workforce development stakeholders throughout New York City, as the in-house subject matter expert to advance the organization’s mission and goals. He also supported the implementation of the city’s accelerated internet master plan and the publication of research on the future of workforce development in NYC’s tech sector.

Prior to joining NYCEDC, Ian served as Business Development Director for the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities where he helped launch NYC:ATWORK - managing employer engagement activities in support of expanding access to jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities. Ian also launched and managed CAP Solar NJ - a $10M New Market Tax Credit program funded by Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group that brought 4MW of free solar installations to nonprofits across NJ. He also managed day-to-day business development and community outreach activities for the weatherization/home performance program and vocational training center with Greater Bergen Community Action, a non-profit organization based in New Jersey.

As a Principal at Karp Strategies, Ian is committed to increasing access to growing stronger communities and thriving economies. His projects involve developing creative community economic development and stakeholder engagement strategies, while tackling issues related to sustainable industry growth and workforce development policy. Projects Ian is currently leading include: the ongoing development of NYSERDA's offshore wind jobs and training website; Bluepoint Wind's workforce and economic development strategy in New Jersey; and NYCEDC's Summer of Offshore Wind event series in Staten Island launching June 2023.