Dr. Joel Vargas leads the work of Jobs for the Future’s High School Through College team and helps to set the organization’s priorities and direction. Dr. Vargas has directed, initiated, and studied a variety of middle school and high school programs designed to help more underrepresented students get into and through a postsecondary education. In 2005, Dr. Vargas was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of “Higher Education’s Next Generation of Thinkers.”