Kiersten Barnet is the Executive Director of the New York Jobs CEO Council, a nonprofit membership intermediary that leverages the power of the collective to scale workforce development solutions that benefit both jobseekers and business. Led by CEOs of large employers, the Council is committed to hiring 100,000 low-income and diverse New Yorkers into career-ladder jobs. In 2021, Council members hired 11,200 low-come New Yorkers and continues to bridge gaps between education and business to create new career pathways across industries.
Kiersten previously spent 15 years at Bloomberg, most recently leading Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index (GEI) and reporting framework. Kiersten and her team successfully influenced hundreds of the largest companies around the world to measure and report new social sustainability metrics and enhanced the investment community’s ability to direct capital in a way that aligns with clients’ values.
Skilled at publicly advancing a mission, Kiersten has spoken at global stages including Davos and the New Economy Forum and was the host of Bloomberg’s on-camera interview series “Invested in Equality”. She is the co-founder and former steering chair of the U.S. 30% Club, a group of influential CEOs including Warren Buffett and Larry Fink who are committed to diversifying U.S. boardrooms. She is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, a former strategy officer to the World Economic Forum and sits on the investment committee of Project Sunshine, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing joy to pediatric patients. Kiersten currently serves on the board of directors at CareerWise New York.