Education and Workforce

Excellent Schools for All Students

For more than 20 years, the FC2’s trustees have served as trusted partners for education improvement, working closely with local and federal stakeholders to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating from high school prepared for college, career and life.

The Federal City Council established our Education Facilities Center in 2021. As part of this effort, we recently published a paper on how important public funding is for the ability of public charter schools to provide high-quality facilities for students. You can read that paper and its findings here.

Building a Strong Workforce Pipeline

By leveraging the network of our members, our vision is to build and strengthen the local talent pipelines for employers in the DC region. We are supporting and developing several project activities that provide more DC residents access to the substantial employment opportunity offered in the DC region as we work to create a more inclusive economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workforce Partners

There is an abundance of good jobs in the Greater Washington region, however, District residents do not fill nearly enough of them. FC2 works with a number of organizations to find a solution to this complex and multi-faceted issue.

  • Hire Local DC Coalition. The Hire Local DC Coalition consists of employers and employer organizations working together to ensure that DC residents obtain the countless good jobs available in the District.
  • Greater Washington Apprentice Network. GWAN is an employer-led system of companies working together to develop and strengthen apprenticeship programs throughout Washington, DC. The goal of the Apprentice Network is to elevate companies’ existing apprenticeship programs and become a source of support for organizations looking at the apprenticeship model seeking to address future talent needs.
  • DC Builds DC. DC Builds DC is an employer-led partnership of construction companies, non-profits and government agencies committed to improving the District’s talent pipeline and helping more students secure rewarding careers in the construction industry.


Abe Clayman is FC2’s Director of Education and Workforce Initiatives. In this role he works with industry leaders, policymakers and advocates on school system improvement efforts, FC2’s Education Facilities Center, and the regional construction industry partnership DC Builds DC.

Prior to joining the FC2 staff, Abe worked on the policy and legal team at KIPP DC, the District’s largest network of public charter schools. Between 2007 – 2019, Abe was a teacher and principal at KIPP DC. As a principal, he led curriculum change efforts, managed and coached teachers, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 300-student school.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Abe was an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner from 2017 – 2020 where he successfully advocated for $19 million in District funding to renovate a local community center. A native Washingtonian, Abe lives in the District with his wife and two children.