Our Board is comprised of the top workforce leaders from across the state of California. Click on their names below to learn more about them.

California Workforce Association's Executive Committee

Michael Cross – Chair
Northern Rural Training Employment Consortium Director
www.ncen.org

Teresa Hitchcock – 1st Vice-Chair
Kern, Inyo, Mono WDB Director
www.etronline.com

Blake Konczal – 2nd Vice-Chair
Fresno WDB Director
www.workforce-connection.com

Nick Schultz – Treasurer
Pacific Gateway WDB Director
www.pacific-gateway.org

Jan Vogel- Immediate Past Chair
South Bay WIB Director
www.sbwib.org

David Mirrione – Legislative Chair
Merced WDB Director
worknetmerced.com

Heather Henry – Capacity Building Chair
Solano County WDB Director
www.solanoemployment.org

Deborah Sanchez – Opportunities Chair
Santa Ana WDB Economic Development Specialist
www.santa-ana.org/work-center

Kris Stadelman – Legislative Vice Chair
NOVA Workforce Board (NOVA WB) Director
www.novaworks.org

Tracie Scott-Contreras – Capacity Building Vice Chair
WDB of Madera County Director
www.maderaworkforce.org

Dave Thoeny – Opportunities Vice Chair
Mother Lode WDB Director
www.mljt.org/

Dawn Boulanger – Executive Committee At-Large
San Luis Obispo County WDB Director
www.sloworkforce.com

Dianne Russell-Carter – Executive Committee At-Large
Foothill WDB Director
www.fwdbworks.org

Gregg Irish – Executive Committee At-Large
City of Los Angeles WDB Director
wib.lacity.org

Yolanda Castro – Executive Committee At-Large
Southeast Los Angeles County WDB Director
www.selacowdb.com/

Marlena Sessions – Executive Committee At-Large
San Bernadino County WDB Director
http://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/

Traci Holt – One Stop Operator Representative
Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. Executive Director
www.afwd.org

Board Member Representative
Currently Vacant

California Workforce Association's Board Members

Andy Stone
Santa Cruz County WDB Director
www.santacruzwib.com

Bruce Wilson
Workforce Alliance of the North Bay Director
workforcealliancenorthbay.org

Cara Owings
Humboldt County WDB Director
www.humboldtwdb.org

Carrie Harmon
Riverside County WDB Director
www.rivcojobs.com

Cindy Newton
North Central Counties Consortium Director
www.northcentralcounties.com

Chris Donnelly
Monterey County WDB Director
http://www.montereycountywdb.org/

Dianne Russell-Carter
Foothill WDB Director
www.fwdbworks.org

Donna Van Wert
Contra Costa County WDB Director
www.wdbccc.com/

Doris Foster
Stanislaus County Workforce Development Director
www.stanworkforce.com

Elaine Lytle
Yolo County WIB Director
www.yoloworks.org

Enrique Arreola
San Benito County WDB Director
www.sbcjobs.org

Jason Buckingham
Golden Sierra WDB Director
www.goldensierrawib.com

John Solis
San Joaquin WDB Director
www.sjcworknet.org

Joshua Arce
San Francisco Interim WDB Director
www.oewd.org

Judith Velasco
Verdugo WDB Director
http://verdugoworkforce.com/

Kathy Kossick
Sacramento Works WDB Director
www.seta.net

Katie Greaves
Sonoma County WIB Director
www.sonomawib.org

Luz Flores
Anaheim WDB Interim Director
www.anaheimworkforce.com

Lance Lippincott
Kings County Job Training Office Director
www.kingsedc.org

Micah Hinkle
Oakland WDB Director
www.oaklandca.gov

Monique Melchor
Silicon Valley WIN – Work 2 Future Director
www.work2future.biz

Otto Solorzano
Los Angeles County WDB Administrator
www.ewddlacity.com

Patti Castro
Alameda County WDB Director
acwdb.org

Peter Callstrom
San Diego Workforce Partnership Director
www.sandiegoatwork.com

Priscilla Lopez
Imperial County WDB Director
www.ivworkforce.com

Ray McDonald
Santa Barbara County WDB Director
www.sbcwdb.org

Rebecca Evans
WDB of Ventura County Director
www.workforceventuracounty.org

Sal Vaca
Richmond WDB Director
www.richmondworks.org

 

California’s Workforce Development System

The statewide workforce development system is comprised of 45 Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Area), each with its own business-led Local Workforce Development Board (Local Board). These Local Boards work in concert with their local Chief Elected Official oversee the delivery of workforce services relevant to their local residents and businesses. Critical to their charge is their oversight of the local America’s Job Centers of California which are the hub of the statewide service delivery vehicle for workforce/education/business services. Workforce funds allocated to Local Boards support the job training, placement, and business services delivered though the America’s Job Centers of California. These Centers, through partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies, education and economic development organizations provide access to job, skill development and business services vital to the social and economic well-being of their communities.

Each Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) has its own charter, organization, and unique context. What they all share, however, is a set of central roles. Each LWDB provides oversight for the Workforce Investment Act program, acts as a catalyst to provide seamless services among various workforce programs, and provides community leadership around workforce issues.

As community leader, there are five ways that LWDBs can carry out their role, which are the focus of this toolkit. The list is intended to be descriptive, rather than prescriptive – each LWDB in California will find that it incorporates most of these roles in varying degrees in all aspects of their work.

  • CONVENER – Bringing together business, labor, education, and economic development to focus on community workforce issues
  • WORKFORCE ANALYST – Developing, disseminating and understanding current labor market and economic information and trends
  • BROKER – Bring together systems to solve common problems, or broker new relationships with businesses and workers
  • COMMUNITY VOICE – Advocating for the importance of workforce policy, providing perspective about the need for skilled workers
  • CAPACITY BUILDER – Enhancing the region’s ability to meet the workforce needs of local employers

To find your local WDB/WIB Board: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/WorkforceDevelopment/find-workforce-development-boards.aspx

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