Specialty:
• Multi-Organizational Meeting Facilitation
• Strategic Planning
• Action Planning & Training

John D. Baker is the founder and president of Core Factors, an independent consulting firm that focuses on critical economic, workforce, education and social issues that affect the resiliency and economic vitality of communities, regions and workers. John has provided organizational consulting for over 35 years primarily with government and the nonprofit sectors. His work has entailed a large spectrum of workforce and economic development agencies, community colleges, mayors’ and governors’ offices, enabling them to respond to changing needs within volatile environments.

Mr. Baker has been the chief consultant for the California Workforce Association for the past 20 years and has produced over 60 workforce development related conferences. Meeting of the Minds in Monterey focuses on policy and leadership; Youth@Work highlights leading edge efforts to prepare youth for life and work; and WORKCON features an array of partnerships, collaborations and industry driven regional initiatives that impact income mobility and economic prosperity. He has worked on a variety of initiatives involving regional economic development, career technical education, workforce diversity, reemployment strategies for laid off workers, youth employment schemes, welfare to work programs, coordinated community transportation, immigrant integration into the local workforce, as well as unique programs serving individuals with disabilities.

Mr. Baker previously founded and served as the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Private Industry Councils. Prior to the Association, he began his career at a community action agency, where he served as the director of workforce programs for a 15 county area in Central Texas, administering millions of dollars that provided training and employment services for both youth and adults.

Website: http://corefactors.org

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