Jeran Culina began with National Skills Coalition in 2021 as the Manager of Business Leaders United (BLU). BLU is a national business network comprised of leaders from small and medium-sized enterprises representing a range of industry sectors who are concerned about our nation’s skills mismatch and promote public investments in skills training and education that prepare America’s workers for jobs in the 21st Century economy. Jeran manages the implementation of engaging and expanding the BLU network as well as all their state work. Before joining National Skills Coalition, Jeran worked as a Senior Policy Associate at Advance CTE, which supports state CTE leaders to advance high-quality and equitable CTE policies, programs and pathways. She is also from the West Michigan area and previously served as the Education and Research Project Manager at Talent First. Jeran has a Master of Educational Leadership from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary of Social Sciences with an emphasis on early childhood education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.