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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD

 
Denver Workforce Services is guided by a Workforce Development Board comprised of local community leaders.

Board Function:  Authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, Pub. L. No. 113 – 128, July 22, 2014), the Denver Workforce Development Board serves as a strategic convener to promote and broker aligned relationships between the Mayor and economic development, education, and workforce partners to engage in and implement state-of-the-art talent development solutions tailored to meet the needs of Denver area businesses and jobseekers as part of an integrated and effective job-driven workforce development system.  The Board provides program oversight and policy guidance for all federal, state, and locally funded workforce development programs, including the operation of Denver’s workforce centers.


Qualifications
:  The Board includes representatives of local businesses, labor, workforce, adult education, higher education, economic/community development, the state Wagner-Peyser employment service office, vocational rehabilitation, and others.  The Chair and majority of members must be representatives of business in Denver, and be a business owner or hold C-level or senior-level management positions with optimum policymaking or hiring authority in a company that provides employment and high-quality work-relevant training and development opportunities in in-demand industry sectors or occupations.

Meetings:  Monthly on the second Friday of the month (except in August and December) from 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The location varies.

Contact:  Cindy Gaertner, board liaison, at 720-913-1665 or cindy.gaertner@denvergov.org.
 

Your Local Board at Work

Business Representatives
Maggie Bolden, Palace Construction (Chair)
Bryan Cook, Associated General Contractors of Colorado
Christina Gregoire, Denver Health
Cara Johnson, Optiv
Kelli Kelly, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. (Vice Chair)
Fabiana Nardi, Green Hat Web Solutions
Holly Reed, RK
Joshua Torrez, ClimbOnTek Solutions
Lorena Toland, Brown Palace Hotel
Stephanie Van Cleve-DeHerrera, Kinsley Meetings
Cecil Velazquez, KRKS 94.7
Ashley Walker, The Center for Work Ethic Development
Dan Weinstein, Aon
Leanne D. Wheeler, Wheeler Advisory Group LLC
Kathy Workman, InnovAge

Education Representatives
Paula Schriefer, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
Katrina Wert, Community College of Denver

Labor Representatives
Corry Avery, Sheet Metal Workers' Apprentice Training
Mary Broderick, IBEW Local #68
Mark Miller, Pipefitters Local Union #208

Workforce, Economic Development, Community-Based Partners, and Optional Appointees
Elise Lowe-Vaughn, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
Lindsay Pacheco, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Michael Williams, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

Above is primary representation; members may be represented in more than one category.



Qualifications:  The Board must include representatives of local businesses, labor, workforce, adult education, higher education, economic/community development, the state Wagner-Peyser employment service office, vocational rehabilitation, and others. The Chair and majority of members must be representatives of business in Denver, and be a business owner or hold C-level or senior-level management positions with optimum policymaking or hiring authority in a company that provides employment and high-quality work-relevant training and development opportunities in in-demand industry sectors or occupations.

Prospectus - The Prospectus outlines the expectations, qualifications, and time commitment of each prospective board member, including term length and appointment information.

By-Laws - The By-Laws have been adopted by the Denver Workforce Development Board as the operating rules for conducting its business.
 
Boards and Commissions Application - Qualified and interested applicants, please include a resume or bio when submitting your application.


2017

The Denver Workforce Development Board typically meets monthly, on the second Friday of the month (except for August and December), from 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The location varies.

January 13, 2017
February 10, 2017
March 10, 2017
April 14, 2017
May 12, 2017
June 9, 2017
July 9, 2017
No August Meeting
September 8, 2017 - Board Retreat (not open to the public)
October 13, 2017
November 17, 2017      
 (exception for the observance of Veteran's Day, Nov. 10)
No December Meeting
January 12, 2018

Contact
: Cindy Gaertner, board liaison, at 720-913-1665 or cindy.gaertner@denvergov.org.

 
2016
 

2013
Denver WIB Minutes - December 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - November 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - October 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - September 2013
Denver WIB Youth Council Minutes - August 2013
Denver WIB Youth Council Minutes - July 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - June 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - May 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - April 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - March 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - February 2013
Denver WIB Minutes - January 2013

The Denver Workforce Development Board currently has six committees:  Executive Committee, Governance & Oversight Committee, Career Pathways & Education Committee, Equity & Accessibility Committee, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement Committee, and Youth Committee. To read more about these committees, their goals, and the metrics by which they will guage their progress, please review the Board's 2016-2020 Strategic Action Plan.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The purpose of the Executive Committee is to provide strategic management, guidance, and oversight of the Denver Workforce Development Board and its plans and activities, to act on the Board’s behalf when required, and to approve local plans and policies as required.  The committee meets monthly, usually on the fourth Wednesday.

GOVERNANCE & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
The Governance & Oversite Committee delivers data and information in order to prepare periodic reports for Denver and OED leadership that will allow tracking and review of the performance of Denver’s one-stop workforce system and ensure compliance under WIOA. This committee also conducts outreach and communication, both internally to the Workforce Development Board, and externally to the community, to maintain and improve WDB membership, engagement, and performance.

CAREER PATHWAYS & EDUCATION COMMITTEE
This Committee delivers insight and information to the WDB and the OED staff to support alignment for approved training programs, identify and address gaps in training offerings, and increase access to hands-on learning opportunities such as apprenticeships, in order to expand the pipeline of qualified residents for Denver businesses.

EQUITY & ACCESSIBILITY COMMITTEE
The purpose of the Equity & Accessibility Committee is to deliver analysis and recommendations by subject matter experts to the board in order to ensure programs and services that allow individuals with barriers to employment and other targeted and vulnerable populations to acquire skills needed for employment.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
This committee delivers engagement opportunities and identifies the right stakeholders among different industries, businesses, and education and community stakeholders, making connections to employers, jobseekers, and community and educational partners. Thus they can together meet business outcomes, increase the local pool of qualified workers, gain and upgrade employment opportunities for jobseekers, and maximize the results attained from government funding.

YOUTH COMMITTEE
The Youth Committee is a standing committee of the Denver WDB. Its primary purpose is to oversee all activities designed to increase access to services and job opportunities to connect disengaged youth. As a result, these youth can engage within the workforce pipeline and benefit from the continuum of economic mobility.