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Workforce Development Board

The Denver Workforce Centers and all workforce services are 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.

:  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:  David Ford, Workforce Board Liaison, at 720-913-1669 or

Your Local Board at Work

Business Representatives
Stephanie Van Cleve-DeHerrera, Kinsley Meetings
Sid Basu, Chatham Financial
Maggie Bolden, Palace Construction
Mark Genkinger, Denver Health
Megan Huffnagle, Smashburger
Cara Johnson, Optiv
Kelli Kelly, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.
B. Solomon Muwanga, Wells Fargo
Bob Nogueira, Comcast West Division
Holly Reed, RK
Joshua Torrez, ClimbOnTek Solutions
Ashley Walker, The Center for Work Ethic Development
Leanne D. Wheeler, Wheeler Advisory Group LLC
Kathy Workman, InnovAge

Education Representatives
Paula Schriefer, Spring Institute
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, and Community-Based Partners
Jenna Espinoza, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver
Elise Lowe-Vaughn, Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment
Lindsay Pacheco, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Sandra Wagner, AARP Foundation/SCSEP
Marcus Weaver, New Genesis, Inc.

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

Application information: If you are interested in serving on the Denver Workforce Development Board, application details are available below.

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

Contact:  David Ford, Workforce Board Liaison, at 720-913-1669 or

Qualifications:  The Board must include representatives of local business, educational agencies, labor organizations, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, and each agency partnered in the workforce centers; the chair and majority of members must be from private sector business.

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

Operating Procedures - The Operating Procedures 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.

Contact:  David Ford, Workforce Board Liaison, at 720-913-1669 or


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 9, 2015
February 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015
May 8, 2015
June 12, 2015
July 10, 2015
No August Meeting
September 11, 2015
October 9, 2015
November 13, 2015
No December Meeting
January 8, 2016

NOTE: The Denver Youth Council of the Denver Workforce Development Board now meets on a different date and time. Its 2015 schedule is available here.

:  David Ford, Workforce Board Liaison, at 720-913-1669 or

(NOTE: For meeting minutes from 2013 and earlier, the Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council are combined. Beginning in 2014, the Youth Council met on a different date and time.)


Denver WIB Minutes - November 2013






Denver WIB Minutes - May 2012

Contact:  David Ford, Workforce Investment Board Liaison, 720-913-1669 or

The Denver Workforce Development Board currently has four committees:  Executive Committee, Sector Strategy Committee, Continuous Improvement Committee, and the Denver Youth Council.

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. The Executive Committee’s areas of focus are:  board oversight and direction; board structure; board initiatives; inter-regional, statewide, and nationwide cooperation, coordination, and relationship and partnership development.

The purpose of the Sector Strategy Committee is to provide alignment and engagement with OED and statewide economic development plans and the business community. The Sector Strategy Committee’s focus is on:  primary targeted industry sectors; engagement and partnership with business representatives, the business community, and OED Business Development Representatives; and alignment of local strategies with state and regional policies and plans.

The purpose of the Continuous Improvement Committee is to enhance effective, high-quality service delivery in Denver’s workforce center system. The Continuous Improvement Committee’s areas of focus are:  to be data driven; enhance program effectiveness; fiscal oversight; quality improvement; and performance standards.

The Denver Youth Council is a standing committee of the Denver WDB and fulfills all local region Youth Council responsibilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It is the intent of the Denver Youth Council to provide services for the Denver workforce region in cooperation and coordination with other workforce regions and Youth Councils throughout the state. The Council's primary purpose, powers and duties are:


  • To develop portions of the local plan relating to eligible youth;
  • To recommend eligible providers of youth activities to be awarded by the Denver Workforce Development Board; and
  • To conduct oversight of the eligible providers of youth activities.

Youth Council Membership Qualifications
The Council must include at least two members of the Denver Workforce Development Board with special interest or expertise in youth policy; and, representatives of youth serving agencies, local public housing authority, Job Corps, a parent of WIOA-eligible youth, and a former participant.

Members are appointed by a majority vote of the Denver Workforce Development Board.

Membership terms are for two years.

Meets:  Monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Contact David Ford or Michelle Tenorio (see below) for meeting locations

Youth Council Members

Megan Huffnagle, Smashburger (Co-Chair)
Sonia Adame, Arrupe Corporate Work Study Program
Precious Davis, Community College of Denver
Kimberly Desmond, Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships (Co-Chair)
Kelli Kelly, Parsons
Brigid McRaith, Mile High Youth Corps 
Lynne Picard, Denver Housing Authority
Caren Swales, Job Corps 
Mali Tolman, Parent/DPS
Madeline Williams, Emily Griffith Technical College

2010-2015 Youth Council Strategic Plan

New Member Prospectus

Membership Application - If you are interested in serving on the Youth Council, please contact David Ford or Michelle Tenorio (see below).

Meeting Schedule for 2015
January 27
February 24
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 23

Subsequent meetings are anticipated to be held with Workforce Development Board meetings.

Meeting Minutes will be posted on this page. Minutes from 2013 and earlier are included with the minutes of the Denver Workforce Investment Board.

Contact: David Ford, Workforce Board Liaison, at 720.913.1669 or;
or Michelle Tenorio, Denver Workforce Operations Manager, at 720.865.5551 or

2014-2015 Strategic Action Plan - The Denver Workforce Development Board has adopted its new strategic plan, which will focus on four strategic goals in the next two years: (1) become more data and performance/outcome driven, (2) build and promote stronger business and community partnerships, (3) advocate workforce system improvements, and (4) enhance and increase exemplary outcome-based youth initiatives through programs, support and partnerships.

Denver WIB's Denver Workforce Investment Act & Wagner-Peyser Local Plan for Program Year 2014

David Ford, Workforce Board Liaison, at 720-913-1669 or


Denver Workforce Centers

1200 Federal Blvd., 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80204
Located in the Denver Department of Human Services building
Weekday Hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Phone: 720.944.1615
Fax: 720.944.4131

4685 Peoria St., Suite 251
Denver, CO 80239
Weekday Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm 
Phone: 720.865.4800

8500 Pena Blvd.
Main Terminal - Fifth Floor
Denver, CO 80249
Weekday Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm 
Phone: 303.342.2590