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  • Our Mission

    Markle works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security, health, and national security of all Americans.

    Our Mission

    Markle works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security, health, and national security of all Americans.

    Our Mission

    Markle works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security, health, and national security of all Americans.

    Our Mission

    Markle works to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems for the economic security, health, and national security of all Americans.

 

About Markle

Today, as millions are unemployed and advanced technology and automation are changing the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions toward a labor market that will enable workers in America to move into good jobs in the digital economy.

Most recently, Markle formed the Rework America Alliance, a nationwide collaboration to enable unemployed and low wage workers to emerge from this crisis stronger. The Alliance aims to help millions of workers, regardless of formal education - particularly people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis - move into good jobs in the digital economy by accelerating the development of an effective system of worker training aligned to jobs that employers will need to fill.

The Rework America Alliance builds on Markle’s previous work in this field. In 2013, Markle launched its Rework America initiative to help workers have greater market power and a stronger voice in decisions that impact their lives. Initially, the Rework America Task Force focused on how to create more good jobs and how to prepare people for them. The Task Force published the Norton press book America’s Moment in 2015.

This work inspired the development of Markle’s Skillful initiative in 2016, a collaboration including Microsoft, LinkedIn, and the state of Colorado which is using the very forces that are disrupting the economy – technology and data – to create a labor market that helps everyone, regardless of educational background. In 2018, Skillful expanded to the state of Indiana with the enthusiastic backing of state leaders, and in partnership with many key organizations across the state.

The Skillful State Network, founded in 2018 with 20 state governors, is now a non-partisan collaboration of 30 governors and the mayor of the district of Columbia, working to transform the labor market at a scale and pace not possible through individual state actions. Markle developed a second Rework America Task Force and launched the Rework America Business Network in 2018 to expand participation in meeting our objectives.

 

Impact and Leadership

Prior to Markle’s focus on employment and training, when Zoë Baird first became Markle president in 1998 as the internet was poised to become mainstream, she and the Markle Board of Directors redirected Markle’s mission to focus on the potential of information technology to address some of the Nation’s most pressing challenges, focusing on economic security, national security and health care.

Early on, Markle pursued policies that protect privacy and provide transparency, non-profit representation in internet governance, and voice for the disenfranchised. It was one of the first organizations to undertake efforts to avoid a digital divide, and in 2000 organized the first large scale effort to provide voters with information over the internet through its WebWhiteandBlue initiative.

During the next decade, Markle focused on advancing national security and the quality of healthcare in the United States. It proposed bold reforms on government policy and technology architecture for information exchange while protecting privacy -- reforms that transformed both these fields. Many of Markle’s recommended reforms were embodied in sweeping national security and health care laws and in a range of actions at the federal, state and local level.

Under Ms Baird’s leadership as CEO and President of Markle, the foundation’s current priority is advancing solutions toward a labor market that will enable workers in America to move into good jobs in the digital economy.

Since its inception in 1927 by John and Mary R. Markle, the Foundation has worked "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge among people of the United States, and to promote the general good of mankind." During its early years, Markle led the expansion of talent in academic medicine, and later focused on developing and using communication and information to enhance lifelong learning and to promote an informed citizenry. While Markle’s work has evolved through the years, its mission to meet the needs of the American people has endured.

Read more about Markle’s history of impact.

 

A Message from Zoë Baird

  • As our nation transitions from the information era into the digital age, dramatic transformations in our economy have allowed some Americans to prosper, while leaving many behind and others deeply uncertain about their future. At Markle, we have made it our purpose to inspire leaders from all sectors to leverage the very forces of change to improve the lives of all Americans. We believe innovative actions that respond directly to people’s real concerns and to their desire for a dignified place in this new economy are critically required. We devote ourselves to leading collaborations to meet these public needs.

    Whether focused on the nation’s economic security, health, or national security, our approach to problem solving remains very much the same. We challenge partners from all walks of life to lend their collective know-how to identify solutions for the nation’s most pressing problems. Our work brings a wide range of leaders to action.

    We believe there is nothing more important for our very democracy than making sure all Americans can see themselves included in the benefits of the digital economy. Through our latest undertaking, Rework America: A Markle Initiative, we’re committed to creating many more good middle-skill jobs and to connecting Americans to opportunities and the tools that can help them succeed in an ever-changing labor market.

  • Central to our efforts is Skillful, our partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn and the state of Colorado. Skillful is reshaping the labor market for those without a college degree by connecting job seekers, employers, and educators around a common language of skills. Using a network of online tools and on-the-ground resources, we are matching people of all ages to employers in fast-growing industries that offer well-paying jobs, and to the educators who can help them acquire new skills to continually advance throughout their careers.

    Earlier undertakings at Markle led to catalytic changes in health care and national security. Markle Connecting for Health transformed our nation’s complex and over-burdened health system by framing the implementation of national health care reforms that offer electronic information exchange providing Americans the ability to view, download, and transmit their personal health information. The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age advanced a more open and transparent culture of national security information sharing after 9/11 by pursuing the timely sharing of knowledge among agencies charged with defending the nation while protecting traditional civil liberties. Our work in both health care and national security has gained widespread acceptance, as evidenced by sweeping reforms at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as the adoption of new technologies.

    With an eye on the future, Markle and its partners remain driven to solve and seek solutions to the nation’s most complex challenges. We invite you to join us.

    Zoë Baird
    CEO and President

 

Our Principles

Markle works with its collaborators to offer comprehensive recommendations and actions addressing some of the nation’s greatest challenges. Several key recommendations have become law through acts of Congress and by executive order and have formed the basis for business objectives. The following principles guide our work:

  • Collaboration

    Working relationships across sectors is crucial to finding solutions that work in our complex, connected world.

  • Innovation

    Finding new pathways, new ideas, and new opportunities to achieve our goals is critical to maximizing impact.

  • Broad Participation

    Empowering all Americans to benefit from the power of information.

  • Adaptability

    Responding and evolving to change as new information or ideas surface.

  • Transformation

    Changing how we think and operate enhances the economic security, health, and national security of future generations.

  • Policy

    Establishing guidelines allows for trusted information sharing, with safeguards in place to protect civil liberties.

 

Our Impact

Markle leverages the potential of information technology to drive solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing problems in the areas of health, the economy, and national security. Our work has led to transformative change in a variety of sectors, including the implementation of national health care reforms that offer Americans the ability to view, download, and transmit their personal health information, and the advancement of a more open and transparent culture of national security information sharing after 9/11. Markle’s work since 1998 has led to sweeping reforms at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • Skillful State Network

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, the Markle Foundation, and 20 states formed the Skillful State Network, a collaboration to transform the U.S. labor market at scale to one that is skills-based. Network members will share assets, foster partnerships, and hone methods of engagement within their labor markets. The first asset shared is the Skillful State Playbook, a step-by-step guide to building a skills-based labor market.

  • Skillful State Network

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, the Markle Foundation, and 20 states formed the Skillful State Network, a collaboration to transform the U.S. labor market at scale to one that is skills-based. Network members will share assets, foster partnerships, and hone methods of engagement within their labor markets. The first asset shared is the Skillful State Playbook, a step-by-step guide to building a skills-based labor market.

  • Rework America Task Force

    Leaders from technology, business, labor, education and the public sector join together to develop non-partisan solutions to achieve a skills-based labor market. The Task Force defines, pilots and advances policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers and workers so that all are better equipped to adapt to the rapid pace of technological change.

  • Rework America Task Force

    Leaders from technology, business, labor, education and the public sector join together to develop non-partisan solutions to achieve a skills-based labor market. The Task Force defines, pilots and advances policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers and workers so that all are better equipped to adapt to the rapid pace of technological change.

  • The State of American Jobs

    The State of American Jobs, a report based on a Pew Research Center survey conducted in association with the Markle Foundation, shows how the shifting economic landscape is reshaping work and society and affecting the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead.

  • The State of American Jobs

    The State of American Jobs, a report based on a Pew Research Center survey conducted in association with the Markle Foundation, shows how the shifting economic landscape is reshaping work and society and affecting the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead.

  • Skillful

    Skillful is an innovative platform that provides a set of online and offline tools that connects job seekers to fast growing and well-paying jobs. It also connects them to employers and educators who can help them get training, acquire new skills, and advance their careers.

  • Skillful

    Skillful is an innovative platform that provides a set of online and offline tools that connects job seekers to fast growing and well-paying jobs. It also connects them to employers and educators who can help them get training, acquire new skills, and advance their careers.

  • America's Moment

    America's Moment is about the future. It describes how the same forces of change—technology and a networked world—can become tools that can open opportunity to everyone.

  • America's Moment

    America's Moment is about the future. It describes how the same forces of change—technology and a networked world—can become tools that can open opportunity to everyone.

  • New Pathways For Learning

    Inspired by Rework America, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo Howard Schultz and Arizona State University President Michael Crow launched the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

  • New Pathways For Learning

    Inspired by Rework America, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo Howard Schultz and Arizona State University President Michael Crow launched the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

  • History of Impact

    At the turn of the millennium it was clear information technology would dramatically impact health, education, economic opportunity, and participation around the world. This Impact document provides an overview of Markle’s signature work over the past two decades to leverage the unprecedented pace and scale of change and create opportunities and policies that benefit the public interest.

  • History of Impact

    At the turn of the millennium it was clear information technology would dramatically impact health, education, economic opportunity, and participation around the world. This Impact document provides an overview of Markle’s signature work over the past two decades to leverage the unprecedented pace and scale of change and create opportunities and policies that benefit the public interest.

 

Board of Directors

Suzanne N. Johnson

  • Chair, Markle Board of Directors
    Former Vice Chairman, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Dr. James Manyika

  • Director, McKinsey & Company
    Member, Rework America Initiative 2013
    Member, Markle Workforce Initiatives Advisory Board

Herbert Pardes, MD

  • Executive Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
 

Senior Team

Beth F. Cobert

  • Chief Operating Officer, Markle Foundation and Chief Executive Officer, Skillful (A Markle Initiative)
 

Our History

John and Mary R. Markle established the Markle Foundation in 1927 "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge among people of the United States, and to promote the general good of mankind." Our mission has evolved over the past century to our present day focus on working to realize the potential of information technology to address previously intractable public problems, for the health and security of all Americans.

 

  • John Markle 1858 - 1933

    John Markle was an inventor, industrialist, and financier who established the John and Mary Markle Foundation in 1927 with an initial endowment of $3 million "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge among people of the United States, and to promote the general good of mankind." He believed that an individual who has funds beyond those needed for living becomes "a trustee for his fellow man and should so use those funds." He served as president and treasurer of the Foundation until his death in 1933. John Markle's total financial contribution to the Foundation exceeded $17 million.

  • Mary Markle1853 - 1927

    Mary Estelle Robinson Markle was a generous supporter of several New York City charities, in particular those whose work benefitted impoverished women. She was widely recognized as John Markle's inspiration for the establishment of the Foundation, the first American institution of its kind to name both husband and wife as partners. This move, considered revolutionary for their times, affirmed the Markles' belief that the integration of a couple's financial and social interests can impel the important societal changes needed to serve the greater good.