The staff of CWA are small but mighty. Along with consultants, these are the people who keep the ship going in the right direction.
Bob Lanter is currently the Executive Director of the California Workforce Association leading the way in workforce strategy and the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act for the state of California. Bob has worked almost two decades in the public sector and non-profit industry, with experience in the field of workforce development and job training. He has held various positions in local workforce investment systems from case manager to the Executive Director of the Contra Costa County Workforce Board. He gained national/federal experience working for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration as a Federal Project Officer. Before taking over as Executive Director at CWA, Bob owned and managed a national consulting practice where he and his team facilitated organizational retreats, team building meetings, strategic planning and assessment projects for local, state, and national workforce development, government and non-profit organizations. He also has developed and delivered training curriculum and keynote addresses in multiple topics of workforce development that have helped inspire thousands of professionals in the industry. He graduated from California State University, East Bay with a Bachelors Degree in Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations; additionally he is a Certified Master Facilitator from the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Bob can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Loret de Mola
Nick Loret de Mola is Deputy Director of the California Workforce Association. He started his career working with companies like Barnes and Noble, Raley’s, Apple, and CBS Radio where he garnered recognition for his innovative strategies in staff development and customer-centered sales. After almost two decades, Mr. Loret de Mola changed course to the field of workforce development, where he serves as an analyst and advocate for effective workforce and economic legislation and policies. He is involved in transportation, community building and workforce development in Sacramento County, and is a proud husband and father of two. He can be reached at email@example.com
Monica Sobala is the Administrative Manager at the California Workforce Association. She has been with the Association since 2003. Monica can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Hidalgo comes to CWA from the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency and has had years of experience working face to face with job seekers and individuals with barriers to their employment. While working at the Sacramento Works, LLC. America’s Job Center in Galt, CA, Matt sought to bridge the gap between job seekers and businesses through vocational trainings, instructional workshops, and job matching while simultaneously supporting the Job Center Supervisor in WIOA policy implementation and special projects. As a Workforce Development Professional, Matt advocated on behalf of his customers ensuring access to training resources and job placement assistance. Matt also assisted in the development and execution of contracts such as Service Agreements between partner agencies and job seekers as well as Individual Development Plans to map out job seeker Career Pathways.
While at SETA, Matt developed amicable relationships with customers, staff, and partners while acting as liaison to training providers and local business owners. Matt also took a lead role in actively facilitating the Galt Chamber of Commerce: Economic Task Force by convening monthly meetings, developing the agenda, and recording meeting minutes when necessary. Matt facilitated weekly workshops by researching and developing materials on subjects such as Financial Literacy, Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, Job Searching Techniques, etc.
During his tenure as a Workforce Development Professional, Matt was also selected to lead several special projects/initiatives which has granted additional training in a few areas; including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), Out-of-school-youth, and English as a second language populations (primarily Spanish). Matt can be reached at: email@example.com
Megan C. Bailey
Eric Flores is a Policy Analyst at the California Workforce Association, and assists the staff and board with Local, Federal, and State issues regarding workforce development.
Prior to working for CWA, Eric worked on Legislative affairs for the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, helping staff the Council’s legislative director on labor bills such as Farmworker Overtime and the Reliable Scheduling Act.
Eric graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 with a degree in Political Science and Economics. Immediately after graduation Eric interned in the office of Congressman Ami Bera in Washington DC, working on constituent services and helping staff the Representative in his role on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
In the 2016 election cycle, Eric worked closely with Henry Stern for SD 27, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for AD 4, and the Hillary Clinton for Nevada campaigns. Eric can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research: CWA’s research efforts identify employment and job training strategies to strengthen California’s workforce system. Recent applied research efforts have involved CWA working with Local Workforce Development Boards in testing and analyzing placement strategies for the long term unemployed in California, adults with developmental differences, and out-of-school youth.
The research activities are overseen by Michael Bernick, who has been active with CWA for several decades. Mr. Bernick was the director of the California Employment Development Department from 1999-2004, and since 2004 has been a Fellow in Employment with the Milken Institute and Counsel with the San Francisco-based firm of Sedgwick LLP. He is the author of 5 books, most recently The Autism Job Club (2015) with Richard Holden.