While we are a small-scale staff of the Association, we are workforce 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 Opportunity 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
Operations Director | Journeyman Workforce Development Professional
Brandon Anderson manages CWA’s ETP contract and works closely with State and Education partners on CWA’s WIOA Discretionary Fund and Partnership activities. Brandon comes to CWA from the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA). At SETA, Brandon served as a lead Workforce Development Professional on site-specific and agency-wide efforts and initiatives, such as the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI).
In his Job Center, Brandon facilitated customer workshops for WIOA Orientation, Resume Writing, Mock Interview, Using Google Drive, Computer Basics, Ticket to Work, and Focus on Abilities. He provided staff trainings and facilitated Consensus Workshops on Customer Service, CalJOBs Data-Entry, Case Management, and Follow-Up/Retention Services.
Agency-wide, Brandon led project teams on SETA’s Coaches’ Forums for WIOA implementation coordinating trainings on Customer Engagement and Human Centered Design. Brandon served on SETA’s DEI team, a group of coaches committed to serving Individuals with Disabilities and which seeks to increase their programmatic and physical accessibility to Title 1 services.
Through DEI – and with the addition of Accelerator funds to implement their Disability Employment Accelerator Project for engaging employers and education providers – Brandon helped launch a pilot for a one-of-a-kind colocation in Sacramento City College’s Disabled Students’ Programs and Services (DSPS) office providing Job Development Services to graduating DSPS students. This sparked a meaningful partner relationship and served as the model for program replication. Consequently, SETA was awarded Strong Workforce Program funds to colocate Job Developers at other Los Rios Community College District campuses.
Brandon completed the Workforce Development Apprenticeship Program and is a certified Journeyman Workforce Development Professional. Brandon can be contacted at email@example.com
Administrative Services Director
Monica Sobala is the Administrative Services Director at the California Workforce Association. She has been with the Association since 2003. Monica can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Director | Journeyman Workforce Development Professional
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
Eric Flores is a Policy Director 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
Xue Lor is the Program Associate at the California Workforce Association, and he assists the CWA staff on various projects but primarily the California Training Initiative. He started as an intern through Asian Resources, Inc.’s Out-Of-School Youth Program and afterwards was hired as a permanent CWA employee. Xue can be reached at email@example.com
Matthew Hayes is the Program Analyst for the California Workforce Association, and he assists the staff on a variety of Capacity Building and Broker Training projects, while working closely with Executive Director, Bob Lanter, on scheduling matters.
Matthew graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and continued his education, graduating from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2019 with a Masters degree in Public Administration. He 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.