About Us

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.

CWDB Staff

Executive Team
Photo of Tim RaineyTim Rainey
Executive Director
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 >>
Photo of Curtis NotsinnehCurtis Notsinneh
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.
Photo of Laura CaputoLaura Caputo
Deputy Director, Policy Implementation and Administrative Support
Laura combines her love of financial analysis and her problem solving skills to streamline processes and create organizational efficiencies; she does her best to make the CWDB operate like a well-oiled machine. Laura has worked in civil service for 10 years, starting out as a fiscal analyst in the Department of Social Services, then moving on to a Finance Manager at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Prior to joining the CWDB, she worked jointly as the Manager of the Financial Management Unit and Chief of Staff for the Workforce Services Division at the Employment Development Department.  Her experience has taught her the art of fostering change in a progress-averse environment.  In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family.

Head shot of Aida Cardenas.

Aida Cardenas
Deputy Director, Equity, Climate and Jobs
Aida was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom on August 15, 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Aida is the daughter of Mexican immigrant service workers. Prior to joining the CWDB, Aida was instrumental in the creation of Building Skills Partnership (BSP), a statewide non-profit with the mission of improving the quality of life of property service workers and their families. She led BSP’s efforts in the development of the CWDB’s model High Road Training Partnership between SEIU-United Service Workers West, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA-GLA), and the United States Green Building Council of Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) to form the Green Janitor Education Program (GJEP). Now, Aida is leveraging this expertise to expand the Equity, Climate and Jobs vision and develop a suite of initiatives related to the High Road model in California. Aida has over 20 years of experience coordinating and directing educational, leadership, and organizing initiatives with janitors and other low-wage service workers. Outside of work, Aida loves to spend time with her family and daughter; when she needs to recharge, she heads to the mountains to hike or backpack, where nature calms her mind and spirit.

Photo of Joelle HurstJoelle Hurst
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.
Photo of Daniel RoundsDaniel Rounds
Deputy Director, Research, Policy, and Legislation
Daniel oversees the work of the State Plan and Policy Development Team. Prior to working for the CWDB, Daniel worked for the California State Senate and the Service Employees International Union, Local 1000.  At the CWDB, Daniel works with the managers of the Corrections Workforce Partnership project, the CAAL-Skills data-sharing and performance reporting project, and the policy, research, and legislative unit to ensure the implementation of policies consistent with the vision of the State Workforce Plan.
Program Implementation & Regional Support

 

Photo of Gloria EarlGloria Earl
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.
Photo of Cindy HarringtonCindy Harrington
Branch Manager
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.
Photo of Shrayas JatkarShrayas Jatkar
Senior Policy & Program Analyst, 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.
Photo of Angela MendiblesAngela Mendibles
Program Analyst
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.
Photo of Anastasia MondyAnastasia Mondy
Program Analyst
Stacy loves working with individuals and organizations that strive to push the needle forward and find innovative new strategies to develop the workforce system and assist communities throughout the state. Previously, Stacy’s background has been in program development, social awareness initiatives and administrative support for academic and government agencies. Most recently she’s worked with the Department of Development Services on their Disparity Funds Program. An avid gym-goer, Stacy loves to balance her workouts with a good TV binge session.
Photo of Chan SaechaoChan Saechao
Program Manager
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.
Photo of Suzie VangSuzie Vang
Program Analyst
In her role, Suzie enjoys learning about various grant-related projects and seeing how grantees strive to assist and support populations by breaking barriers and creating pathways to employment. Previously, Suzie worked with the City of Sacramento to create a pipeline for youth ages 18-24 to connect them to public sector jobs. She also gained workforce development knowledge while employed with La Familia Counseling, Inc. Working at the local level has taught Suzie that systemic change is possible. As a program analyst, Suzie enjoys witnessing the evolution of a project over time and seeing tangible project outcomes. Suzie is an avid reader and loves learning about new cultures and trying their food.
Photo of Danielle ViennaDanielle Vienna 
Branch Manager
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.
Photo of Der XiongDer Xiong
Program Analyst
Der comes to the CWDB with experience running a WIOA Out of School Youth program in the nonprofit sector. In that role, Der was responsible for all aspects of work, including recruiting, screening, enrolling, training and case managing. That experience prepared her with grassroots organizing and project management skills for her work as a Program Analyst. In her current role, she enjoys working alongside passionate leaders at the state, regional, local, and community levels. She is inspired by those leaders whose dedication and hustle have improved and continue to transform the workforce system to better service communities in need. Der loves to travel and dreams of future backpacking trips in exotic locales.
Policy Implementation & Administrative Support

 

Photo of Michael DowdyMichael Dowdy
Network Administrator
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.
Head shot of Jennifer Ewan.Jennifer Ewen
Office Technician 
Jenn is the first person you see when you walk through the door at the CWDB. She assists the CWDB staff with administrative needs, and provides daily support to the Executive staff. Previously, Jenn worked as an Administrative Assistant at a law firm, where she assisted attorneys and legal assistants in filing court documents and creating correspondence. Jenn also has a background in management and Human Resources, where she gained experience in payroll. In addition to her work, Jenn enjoys traveling and spending time with her son and family.
Photo of Katherine RoseKatherine Rose
Communications Analyst
Katie is a skilled communications professional with a passion for writing and graphic design. She works with the CWDB initiatives to develop communications strategies, including brand development, website improvement, designing printed and web-based materials, and creating electronic outreach. Prior to joining the CWDB, Katie worked in both the private and public sector, where she managed staff and developed communications and brand strategies. A frequent contributor to CWDB initiatives, Katie loves strategizing and planning programs that bring innovation and learning to the workforce community. Katie is an avid traveler, who is always dreaming up her next trip.
Photo of Natasha San NicolasNatasha San Nicolas
Personnel Analyst 
As a personnel analyst, Natasha is 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.
Photo of Pamela StephensonPamela Stephenson
Contracts Analyst 
Pam contributes to the administration team by managing the many elements of contract development for CWDB programs. Prior to joining the CWDB, Pam learned to work under pressure and with extreme time constraints in the contracts unit at the Department of Social Services. There, she became a master multitasker and organizer, which she attributes to her ability to manage multiple projects at the CWDB. Pam loves to spend time with her three kids. She also plays in a softball league, and does cosplay at conventions and for volunteer events.
State Plan & Policy Development
Photo of Rafael AguileraRafael Aguilera
Field Specialist
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.
Photo of Ashley AngleseyAshley Anglesey
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.
Photo of Sydney ArmendarizSydney Armendariz
Corrections Workforce Partnership Manager
Sydney enjoys bringing stakeholders together from different sectors to increase access to rehabilitative and reentry programs. She enjoys finding innovative solutions to challenging issues in state and local government, while ensuring that justice-involved individuals receive a second chance to improve their lives. Her experience encompasses project management, government relations, and policy development, and she has worked for many state health and social services departments, where she led policy development projects. Sydney believes that state government programs and services should align with community and grassroots initiatives. When she’s not working, Sydney loves to travel with her husband and is trying to fulfill her travel bucket list, including visiting all the Disney Parks in the world.
photo of Susan Chen. Susan Chen
Lead Technical Analyst, CAAL-Skills
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Photo of Marissa ClarkMarissa Clark
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.
Photo of Phyllis JeffreyPhyllis Jeffrey
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.
Photo of Joe FloresJoe Flores
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.
Photo of Patrick GetzPatrick Getz
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.
Photo of Myke GrisetaMyke Griseta
Lead Researcher, Corrections-Workforce Partnership
Myke is a valuable researcher at the CWDB.  He enjoys working with economic, demographic, and geospatial data to develop research and policies that make a meaningful impact on people’s lives.  Prior to working at the CWDB, Myke has worked both in the private and public sector with organizations that specialize in urban and regional planning.  He enjoys seeing programs that work and meeting the people who make programs successful.  Myke is an avid outdoorsman, long distance runner, and a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls fan.
Photo of Sandra HamamehSandra Hamameh
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.