The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) was established in 1998, as outlined in the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). In 2014, the WIA was replaced by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which outlines the vision and structure through which state workforce training and education programs are funded and administered regionally and locally.
The CWDB is responsible for the oversight and continuous improvement of the workforce system in California, which encompasses a wide array of work, including: policy development; workforce support and innovation; and performance assessment, measurement and reporting.
WIOA mandates the creation of a statewide strategic workforce plan. In 2016, the CWDB, in conjunction with its statewide partners, released the Unified Strategic State Plan, which was then updated in 2018. This plan is built around three policy objectives, which are intended to guide state policy and practice across partner programs, as well as inform local policy and service delivery. These objectives are:
- Fostering demand-driven skills attainment
- Enabling upward mobility for all Californians
- Aligning, coordinating and integrating programs and services
The State Plan outlines specific strategies with which to achieve these overarching strategic goals. To read an executive summary, or the State Plan in full, visit the State Plan page in the Plans and Policies section of the website.
In conjunction with the State Plan, the CWDB manages multiple grants and initiatives aimed at reorienting and realigning California’s workforce programs and institutions, to support a dynamic and globally successful state economy that offers all residents an opportunity for a higher quality of life. To learn more about the CWDB’s current initiatives, visit the Initiatives page.
All members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and represent the many facets of workforce development: business, labor, public and higher education, economic development, youth activities, employment and training, and legislative affairs. The Board meets on a regular basis and the public is encouraged to attend the meetings, the dates and agendas for which can be found under State Board, Meetings and Archives.
The statewide workforce development system is comprised of 45 Local Areas, each with its own Local Workforce Development Board. Learn more about Local Workforce Development Boards and America’s Job Centers of California under Local Boards.
Tim was appointed by Governor Brown on November 22, 2011. As the Executive Director, Tim leads the CWDB staff in assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce development system. Previously, Tim was the director of the Workforce and Economic Development Program (WED) of the California Labor Federation, where he was responsible for policy development at the state and local level, and brokering industry-based training partnerships among unions, employers, community organizations, education, and public workforce agencies. He was also the Policy Director for the California Workforce Association, and a consultant to the Senate Democratic Caucus of the California State Senate. Tim enjoys spending time with his family. Full Bio >>
Chief Deputy Director
Curtis was appointed by Governor Brown on December 21, 2018. As the Chief Deputy Director he is the chief of staff and oversees the daily operations of CWDB staff operating in three branches. Prior to his appointment, Curtis began his work at CWDB as the corrections workforce partnership manager to improve labor market outcomes for formerly incarcerated and justice involved individuals in California. Previously, Curtis served as director of public affairs for a federally recognized tribal government, and held multiple positions, including policy director, as staff to members of the California State Assembly with more than a dozen years of legislative service. He serves on several public and private boards, and remains active and civically-engaged in the community. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cooking.
Deputy Director, Program Implementation & Regional Support
Joelle has been with the state for over 25 years, and working with the CWDB for more than 16. She loves working with smart, passionate people to create programs that make training and good job opportunities available to Californians most in need. In her role, Joelle connects regional and field implementation with innovative strategies to help create new solutions for the greater workforce community. Through her years at the CWDB, she has learned to take every opportunity to learn from people around her: co-workers, colleagues, grantees, and stakeholders. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing anything creative from cooking to art and music, and mentoring the next generation of public servants.
Deputy Director, Research, Policy, and Legislation
Deputy Director, Policy Implementation and Administrative Support
Clemente joined the CWDB because it involved helping people in need get back into the workforce. Clemente enjoys working with people because he values teamwork and diversity, and taking people with diverse backgrounds and experiences and creating synergy and innovation. Previously, Clemente established the Resource Management Branch at the California Department of Transportation Planning Division. He values teamwork and collaboration and considers CWDB staff to be our most valuable asset. He likes to mentor and develop teams, so each person can achieve their full potential. Outside of work, Clemente enjoys hiking and walking outdoors with his dog Milo, reading, and helping others in the community. An avid football fan, he loves to root on the Steelers.
Program Implementation & Regional Support
Kerry enjoys being part of a team which always strives to develop and assist programs in alignment with the CWDB mission. Previously, Kerry coordinated programs designed to motivate middle- and high school students in disadvantaged communities to attain higher education. There, she honed leadership skills which she now brings to the Program Implementation team. In her free time, Kerry enjoys traveling, cooking, and tending to her tiny garden.
In her position, Amy enjoys being able to work with organizations which focus on providing individuals with barriers to employment with the skills and the support they need to become employed, because it ensures that individuals not only improve their quality of life, but also their families and loved ones on whom they may depend. Previously, Amy developed programs for first time college students, where she learned that the best way to help others is by being open to learning and being able to understand different perspectives. Her interests outside of work include spending time with her husband and two energetic boys, the outdoors (preferably the beach) and finding some quiet time to read a book or two.
Regional Project Manager
The unofficial office cheerleader, Gloria brings a positive energy to both staff and workforce partners throughout the region. With 30 years in customer service, including 18 years in case management and analysis, Gloria is honored to be a part of a mission to improve the workforce development system by supporting innovation throughout the State of California. Her career has taught her that flexibility, communication and support are key in any industry. As a regional project manager, Gloria is constantly utilizing those skills through her work with the statewide regional planning initiatives and partners. When she’s not organizing and managing regional partners, Gloria is spending time with family and friends, dancing, volunteering, and working for the Sacramento Kings.
With a decade of workforce experience, Mayra loves working for a system which puts people first and allows for the implementation of innovative strategies to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities. Through her experience, Mayra has learned that, regardless of one’s background or walk of life, we all desire a lot of the same things, which include personal security for ourselves and our families and the adequate employment and resources to sustain them. Her perspective, coupled with her own personal background, allows her to be a good resource when thinking outside of the box and finding innovative ways to provide equitable services to workers in California. In her free time, Mayra loves nature and spending time with loved ones while, “eating all the food!”
At the CWDB, Cindy oversees many of the projects and initiatives taking place throughout California. Previously, Cindy was the Executive Director for the Humboldt County Workforce Development Board, where she was responsible for overseeing mandated programs, designing new programs and developing formalized partnerships with a variety of stakeholders. As the Manager in the Program Implementation and Regional Support Branch, she finds it exciting to see the varied projects, innovative approaches and collaborative partnerships agencies are taking to make great things happen across California. Outside of work, Cindy loves gardening, art and spending time with family.
Kameela enjoys learning new skills, helping others, and being able to make a difference in the world. In her position, she is able to play an active role in assisting individuals who experience barriers to employment and income inequality in California. Kameela wants to make a positive impact in workforce and help to move the needle to achieve workforce equity in the labor market. Throughout her previous experience in a variety of roles, Kameela has taken the opportunity to empower others to achieve higher outcomes. Outside of work, Kameela enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, attending the theatre and volunteering.
Myisha loves strengthening, nourishing, and empowering people and feels that the work done at the CWDB is meaningful, impactful and filled with endless possibilities. Following a career in banking, Myisha oversaw several federally funded contracts and programmatic elements at the Department of Community Services and Development. There, she led several workgroups and committees, furthering her passion for building solid foundations for disadvantaged populations. Outside of work, Myisha enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, in addition to anything art, coffee, plant, or Bob Ross-related.
In her position, Angela enjoys being able to see all of the community work being done throughout the state; she loves that there are so many people in the community that are able to get the resources they need to attain sustainable jobs and improve the quality of their lives. Prior to joining the CWDB, Angela worked in administration at a preschool. This experience allowed her to interact with people from all walks of life and has made her a more compassionate and understanding person. Outside of work, Angela loves spending time with her family, be it camping or watching movies, and enjoys baking, reading and traveling.
Chan enjoys taking part in the development of new grant programs and seeing the implementation and impact of projects in local communities throughout California; she loves providing hard-to-serve populations the access to workforce and education services. Previously, Chan was a Grant Manager and Acting Supervisor at the Department of Resources Recycling Recovery and assisted adult job seekers at the Sacramento Employment Training Agency. Outside of work, Chan enjoys spending time with family, taking road trips, and seeing the world through her son’s eyes.
Danielle loves that her work directly impacts those in need and helps them have access to quality jobs and a better quality of life. Before joining the CWDB, Danielle worked as a Communications & Public Relations Manager, where she had to learn how to market and brand a variety of products across different audiences, environments, and industries. Having to juggle the very specific and varied needs of multiple products under various subsidiaries has allowed her to successfully manage multiple initiatives at the CWDB. Danielle believes that successfully managing initiatives requires collaboration and partnership; she truly enjoys working with people. A true Disney fanatic, Danielle is undoubtedly planning her next trip to Disneyland or Disney World.
Policy Implementation & Administrative Support
Michael’s role as the Information Technology officer at the CWDB allows him to come into contact with all staff members of the organization and develop personal relationships with his colleagues. He aids all levels of staff in managing various technology-related needs, from cyber-related security, to website administration. Previously, Michael worked for the Department of Corrections and the State Controller’s Office, where he developed the belief that communication, coupled with technical knowledge, can overcome the divide that hinders solutions. Michael enjoys having good personal-professional relationships with his colleagues. In his free time, he enjoys playing saxophone, songwriting, golfing and fishing.
Communications and Human Resources Manager
In his role, Jeff enjoys being able to help people further their career goals, find answers to difficult questions, and help staff navigate the ever-changing world we live in. Previously, Jeff researched and wrote policies and procedures at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, were he learned about not only researching, but also interpreting the intent of legislation and figuring out how to effectively translate those ideas into daily practice. As a former business owner, he learned the value of embracing differences and seeking out alternative points of view and knowledge from others. Jeff enjoys camping and boating with family and is a college football fan who loves to root for his Trojans!
|Natasha San Nicolas
As a personnel analyst, Natasha uses her exceptional problem solving and interpersonal skills to assist CWDB staff in all elements of human resources. Previously, she assisted all levels of CWDB staff as the Executive Assistant and was a payroll administrator for a private construction company where she handled human resources and payroll duties for over 300 employees. The experience she gained while working with a large number of staff and customers allowed her to build working relationships and get time sensitive issues resolved quickly. In addition to her work, Natasha enjoys spending time with her extended family and being a mom to her kids.
Finance and Business Services Manager
Emily believes that fiscal and administrative services are the backbone of an agency. These services, delivered efficiently and managed proactively and collaboratively provide organizations the strength they need to be effective drivers of change in the field. Emily spent 10 years at the Department of General Services providing fiscal and administrative support to a wide range of client agencies and four years at the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls helping this small agency get established with control agencies. Emily’s experience means she brings a holistic perspective and solutions-oriented mindset to finance and business services. Outside of work, Emily is the president of her neighborhood association, loves art and history, and makes an effort to travel to one place she’s never been before every year.
Before arriving at the CWDB, Edwin gained sixteen years of experience in social services. His prior management and analytical experience has allowed him to sharpen his understanding of being a team player. In his role as a contract manager, Edwin enjoys the opportunity to learn new things. A sports fan, he enjoys visiting different NFL cities, dining and spending time with family.
State Plan & Policy Development
Rafael is a policy practitioner working with the CWDB’s re-entry initiatives and is often on the road, presenting these initiatives to workforce partners throughout the state. As a former Capitol Staffer, Rafael has had the opportunity to perform policy analysis and political strategy work with the last three Majority Leaders and two Speakers on issues ranging from workforce, climate, energy and parliamentary procedure. At the CWDB, Rafael enjoys the challenge of crafting simple solutions to complex problems. Whether its state level climate policy, facilitating community engagement, or improving labor outcomes for re-entry population, he enjoys having meaningful work and making a lasting impact in communities around the state. Outside of work, he enjoys, reading, gardening, and consuming local craft food and beverages.
WIOA Research and Policy Analyst
Ashley loves being a researcher and working in the policy and legislation arena because of the positive impact informed policy can have. Prior to being at the CWDB, Ashley authored two research papers that were accepted to the Western Psychological Association (WPA) and American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual research conferences, and volunteers for the non-profit organization American Association of University Women (AAUW) as the director of public policy for the Sacramento Branch. Ashley enjoys advocating for women and girls and other underrepresented groups. She is an avid road tripper and loves going to see live music.
Lead Technical Analyst, CAAL-Skills
As a member of the CAAL-Skills team, Susan enjoys understanding and translating the business needs of CWDB research analysts and programs into actionable steps, so data can be transformed into useful information that can help make decisions with a positive effect on the public. Susan previously worked as a researcher at Covered California on the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System, where she learned to meet the business needs of different units and divisions within one system. Over the years, Susan has come to appreciate simple, flexible solutions that are straightforward to implement and have a big impact. Outside of work, Susan enjoys hanging out with family, planning outdoor adventures, and reading science fiction.
State Plan and Policy Development Manager
Marissa loves to take a big idea or broad vision, work through how it would be operationalized at the state and local level, and then use that information to craft thoughtful and impactful policy. As a manager at the EDD, Marissa was able to gain valuable experience with policy development and implementation for state and federal programs. In the Intergovernmental Affairs Office she was responsible for analyzing state legislation and communicating administrative, policy, or budgetary concerns, and in the Workforce Service Branch she developed complex policy guidance for statewide federal WIOA implementation. Outside of work she can be found traveling, cheering on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and continuing to cross things off her never-ending bucket list.
Research and Legislation Analyst
With a background in sociology, Phyllis is inspired by the potential of evidence-based policy to lift barriers limiting individual’s access to secure, well-paying jobs. Her dissertation research examined the relationship between economic conditions, legal change, and political outcomes in a non-U.S. setting. Phyllis’ experience analyzing legislation, and her familiarity with qualitative and quantitative methods, inform her ability to interpret connections between labor market outcomes and policy. Prior to working at the CWDB, Phyllis taught as a lecturer at UC Davis. She enjoys cooking Turkish food, running, and hanging out with her partner and their slightly oversized cat.
Research Analyst, Workforce Corrections Partnership
In his role as a researcher for the Workforce Corrections Partnership, Joe enjoys the opportunity to share the latest information with partners who will help make the initiative a success. Previously, Joe worked at the City Auditor’s Office for the City of Sacramento, where he co-authored the 2016 Audit of the City’s Gender and Ethic Diversity report. Joe frequently spoke at public forums, where he addressed solutions to the improvement of hiring diverse staff and evaluating city programming. Active in the local community, Joe is a Commissioner for the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation for District 5.
Information Technology Project Manager, CAAL-Skills
Currently on loan from the Department of Technology, Patrick manages a team of contractors and staff to oversee the Cross-System Analytics and Assessment for Skills Attainment (CAAL-Skills) project. Patrick has over 20 years of experience as an independent consultant where he served state and local government and private sector clients as an Information Technology Manager and Project Manager. Much of his recent experience includes the implementation of investment and risk management systems for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Patrick also managed the implementation of the Victim Restitution, Commissary, Banking and Accounting System for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys spending time with family, going to church, being outdoors, beekeeping, and family history research.
Legislative Coordinator, Research and Policy Specialist
Sandra enjoys finding creative solutions to complex issues through connection and collaboration. With experience in vocational rehabilitation counseling, housing policy advocacy, labor representation, and training and development, she has a broad range of skills in the field of workforce development. Prior to joining state service, Sandra worked with local community based organizations delivering job readiness training, building partnerships, aligning resources, and advancing policies aimed at improving employment outcomes for individuals exiting homelessness. Sandra values quality time with family and friends, embarking on foodie adventures, traveling to places near and far, and discovering picturesque local hikes with her dog.
Interagency Policy Specialist – Equity, Climate, and Jobs
Shrayas has been passionate about economic, social, and environmental justice since he was a teenager. He has previously worked on major energy and transportation policies, which helps him understand the changes that are re-shaping these industries and the impact that has on jobs and skills. His work in implementing policy and communicating that to the workforce field has helped him develop the research and organizing skills he now brings to the CWDB. Through ECJ policy, he is excited to address good jobs, environmental protection, and access to quality training and employment in a holistic way. In addition to his work, Shrayas enjoys spending time outdoors biking and hiking. He is a fan of the arts, including music and photography.