Emily Passias


Emily began working with ESG in 2019 to lead and support work focused on career readiness, career pathways, and industry-recognized credentials. Emily’s work focuses on helping states and school districts better connect education to the world of work through the development and implementation of high quality career pathways that culminate in credentials of value.

Prior to joining ESG, Emily served as the Director of Career-Technical Education at the Ohio Department of Education. In that role, Emily’s work focused on expanding career pathway options for all students and ensuring CTE programs are high quality and aligned to the needs of Ohio businesses. Emily also led the Department’s development of Ohio’s career-focused pathway to high school graduation, as well as the Department’s industry-recognized credential initiatives, ensuring that students are encouraged to earn high-demand credentials that Ohio employers value.

Emily also served as the Assistant Director in the Office of Accountability at the Ohio Department of Education, where she led the development and implementation of the nation’s first A-F report card focused on career-technical education. Prior to joining the Ohio Department of Education, Emily taught in the Sociology Department at The Ohio State University.

Emily earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Sociology at The Ohio State University, and completed the Strategic Data Project Fellowship through the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

Why are you in this work?

During my teaching career, I worked with many college students who, despite their work ethic and talents, had no idea how to achieve their career aspirations, or what types of careers their chosen major prepared them for. I also saw deep inequities in terms of which students had access to high quality postsecondary and career preparation. Those students inspired me to dedicate my energy to state and local policies aimed at preparing students for college and careers – and to do so while bringing an equity focus to the work.

Why ESG?

Great people. Great work. Great impact. ESG’s team is full of thoughtful, dedicated leaders who share the common vision of improving the educational attainment and economic outcomes for all students, and quality of the work is always the top priority.

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