The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) today announced the hiring of Denise Bryant as the director of Workforce Development. Effective July 21, Bryant will oversee the network of Denver workforce centers, city training programs for job-seekers and custom recruitment tools for employers, and a wide range of services for particular at-risk job seekers, from youth and veterans to the long-term unemployed and recipients of TANF benefits.
“Landing Denise Bryant is a great win for Denver, for job-seekers here, for existing and prospective employers, and for those of us on Denver’s economic development team,” said OED Executive Director Paul Washington. “With her deep familiarity of both youth and adult education needs as well as a clear vision for better connectivity between real-life employers and the capabilities of their future workers, Denise brings top-notch workforce development expertise to our team.”
“I look forward to applying my background in tackling workforce development challenges to a place noted not only for its educated workers but also for its business vibrancy and quality of life,” said Bryant. “From supporting a hesitant GED test-taker to working on a specialty recruitment for high-level professionals in emerging technology, Denver’s integrated workforce development approach is broad-reaching and exciting.”
Denise Bryant Background
Bryant has spent nearly two decades providing operational, financial management, and programmatic expertise to workforce development initiatives in the Chicago area. Her tenure with the City of Chicago, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, and Chicago Housing Authority afforded her opportunities to serve Chicago’s most vulnerable populations. Bryant held seats on both the service delivery and youth committees of Chicago’s Workforce Investment Board.
In addition to Bryant’s reputation for fostering transparency and accountability, she advocates to strengthen and shape policy that supports a sustainable and prepared workforce. Formerly an elected school board member, Bryant values education for youth and adults. This passion translates in her professional quest to improve the alignment of education and training, the private sector, and public workforce system. Bryant holds an undergraduate degree in Human Services Management and Administration and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She will complete her studies in December.