COABE Welcomes New Board Members

Please join us in welcoming Jesse McCree, Workforce Committee Chair and Jeff Abramowitz, Prison Literacy Committee Chair to the COABE Board of Directors.

Jesse McCree, Workforce Committee Chair


Jesse McCree is the CEO of SCPa Works, the regional workforce development board whose mission is to unlock the human talent that drives the development of businesses and individuals, creating opportunity for growth and prosperity for the South Central PA region. Under Jesse's leadership, SCPa Works invests over $14M of public funds, annually supporting a labor force of over 740,000 people. SCPa Works invests in, evaluates, and advances high impact workforce development programs, training centers, and policies that drive our regional economic growth by connecting the needs of business and job seekers. Jesse has a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College (Maine), a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University (NY), and 11 years of experience in nonprofit management, public policy, and workforce development. He is currently enrolled in Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education program for nonprofit leadership, and serves on numerous boards of community organizations such as the PA Workforce Development Association and U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.

Jeffrey Abramowitz, J.D. is the founder/CEO of NWON Community Engagement Partnership and the founder of the National Workforce Opportunity Network, a fully integrated workforce development and career placement agency. NWON CEP, is a nonprofit agency that provides workshops, training, and workforce development for individuals/agencies that work with individuals with barriers to gainful employment. Jeff currently serves as a 2018 JustleadershipUSA Leading With Conviction Fellow.

Jeff Abramowitz, Prison Literacy Committee Chair


Currently he provides reentry agency staff support and training and facilitates a weekly reentry workshop at Temple University, assisting returning citizens with their transition home, helping them find their career pathway and gainful employment. Jeff serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council and chairs the Housing, Education, Employment and Development Subcommittee, and Co-chairs the Community Engagement Committee for the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, Co-facilitates the Temple University New Opportunities Workshop, and instructs for Temple University Pan African Community Education Program. He serves on the Board of Directors of Community Forgiveness & Restoration and the Peirce College Paralegal Studies & Criminal Justice Advisory Committees. He lectures for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Probation & Parole Departments and the United States District Court for the ED of PA. He is on the Board of Directors for Community Restoration and Forgiveness and the Advisory Board for the Petey Greene Organization. Jeff is a keynote speaker and lecturer around the country on issues of adult education, workforce development, and criminal justice.