Sophia Otasowie
Research Assistant, K-12 Education and Young Adults and Postsecondary Education

Otasowie is a research assistant in MDRC’s K-12 Education Policy Area, where she contributes to research problem-solving within school networks and the pipeline to postsecondary education and careers. Prior to joining MDRC in 2022, Otasowie held an internship with the UNICEF Early Childhood Development team and worked with children and the reentry population at Olive Support Services. She continues to run her own wedding calligraphy business that contributes to scholarships and development work worldwide. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree in International Educational Development. 

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      Thanks mainly to state and city policy investing in the development of a green workforce, New York City hosts an emerging ecosystem of green jobs training providers, employers, and intermediaries. 

      Careers in the green economy are already providing good wages and opportunities for advancement and wage progression. These jobs can also lead to tangible...

      Soft skills (also known as noncognitive, employability, or 21 st -century skills) are increasingly viewed as essential for favorable outcomes in both education and employment. Yet employers consistently report that these abilities—such as working well with a team, problem-solving, and thriving in diverse work settings—are lacking in their job applicants. In response,...