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
Phil Cothran– Board Member Representative
San Bernardino County WDB Chair
California Workforce Association's Board Members
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