CWA Staff

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 – Executive Director
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

Nick Loret de Mola – Deputy Director
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

Monica Sobala – Administrative Manager
Monica Sobala is the Administrative Manager at the California Workforce Association. She has been with the Association since 2003. Monica can be reached at:

Matt Hidalgo- Program Manager


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Michael Bernick

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.


CWA Events

May 10


May 10 - May 12
Hyatt Regency Orange County Garden Grove United States

CWA Business

Thu 27

Executive Committee Call

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 16

Legislative Committee Call

May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 17

Capacity Building Committee Call

May 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
May 18

Opportunities Committee Call

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 25

Executive Committee Call

May 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm