Denver Workforce Development Board

Board Function: Authorized by the Workforce Innovation & 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 the majority of members must be (1) representatives of businesses in Denver, (2) be business owners 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, and (3) be nominated by a local business organization or business trade association.


Your Board at Work

Roster

Business Representatives

  • Jon Alvino - SMART Union Local 9
  • Maggie Bolden - Palace Construction
  • Lynda Campbell - Five Senses Hospitality
  • Chris Carman - The Center for Work Ethic Development 
  • Cecil Courtney - Pipefitters #208 
  • Christine Dewhurst - Kavod Senior Living 
  • Sarah Diamond - BOA Technology 
  • Jennie Gonzales - IBEW Local #68
  • Daniel Grady - Hercules Industries
  • Kelli Kelly - Kiewit Engineering Group (Chair)
  • Fabiana Nardi - Green Hat Web Solutions
  • Cecil Velázquez - FareHarbor
  • Dan Weinstein - Aon (Vice Chair)

Labor Representatives

  • Jon Alvino - SMART Union Local 9 
  • Cecil Courtney - Pipefitters #208 
  • Jennie Gonzales - IBEW Local #68

Workforce, Economic Development, Community-Based Partners, and Optional Appointees

  • Robert Andrews - CommunityWorks 
  • Aimee Callahan - The Learning Source 
  • Joseph Fiorini - Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 
  • Valerie Greenhagen - Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Elise Lowe-Vaughn - Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
  • Turid Nagel-Casebolt - Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
  • Matthew Sweeney - Community College of Denver 
  • Michael Williams - U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement 

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

Application

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 (1) representatives of businesses in Denver, (2) be business owners 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, and (3) be nominated by a local business organization or business trade association.
 
Prospectus(PDF, 205KB)  - 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.

Committees

The Denver Workforce Development Board currently has five committees:  Executive Committee, Funding & Sustainability Committee, Governance & Oversight Committee, Work-Based Learning Committee, and Youth Committee. To read more about these committees, their goals, and the metrics by which they will gauge their progress, please review the Board's 2020-2024 Strategic 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. 

SUSTAINABILITY & FUNDING COMMITTEE
This Committee delivers insight and information to the Board and DEDO staff to support sustainability and improved service delivery for Denver's businesses and jobseekers through the identification of alternative options for funding.

GOVERNANCE & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
The Governance & Oversight Committee delivers data and information in order to prepare periodic reports for Denver and DEDO 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 Board membership, engagement, and performance.

WORK-BASED LEARNING COMMITTEE
This Committee delivers insight and information to the Board and DEDO 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.

YOUTH COMMITTEE
The Youth Committee is a standing committee of the Board. 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.