Matthew Walsh is a Research Manager at Lightcast (formerly Emsi Burning Glass). Matthew specializes in projects related to workforce development, or how to create and connect people to good jobs that support individuals, families, and communities. Matthew embeds equity and job quality considerations into his work with regional development authorities, industry groups, educational institutions, public agencies, policymakers, and employers.
At Lightcast, Matthew has worked on a variety of inclusive development projects: regional initiatives that connect underemployed local workers to critical and high-paying occupations in strategic industries, investigations into local barriers to employment and the social conditions that disadvantage certain workers, and briefs on public policies and changes in employer behavior that would result in increased mobility out of entry-level jobs. Matthew has also worked with stakeholders in education to improve occupational credentialing and to align curricula with trends in job demand.