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.

Below are the names of the members of the CWDB team organized by branch. Click on the name to find out more about the team member.

Program Implementation & Regional Support

Deputy Director



Special Population Team


Regional Initiatives Team


Breaking Barriers Team



Greenhouse Gas Reduction Team


Innovation Team


High Road Construction Careers Team


High Road Training Partnerships Team

Policy Implementation & Administrative Support

Deputy Director



Information Technology Director

  • Michael Dowdy, IT Manager


Finance and Business Services Team


Communications Team


Human Resources Team

  • Jeff Jacobstein, Communications and Human Resources Manager
  • Natasha San Nicolas, Personnel Analyst
  • Tina Casey, Personnel Analyst
  • Stephanie Poletti, Personnel Analyst

State Plan & Policy Development

Deputy Director



State Plan and Policy Team


CAAL-Skills Program Team

  • Munny Chitneni, CAAL-Skills Program Manager
  • PK Govindankutty, Technical Lead
  • Susan Chen, Lead Technical Analyst
  • Evan Costa, Technical Analyst
  • Shawn Sampo, Technical Architect (Consultant)
  • Marek Kilanowski, Data Architect (Consultant)
  • Ramu Goda, Data Architect (Consultant)


Statewide Partnerships Team

High Roads Field Branch

Deputy Director



High Roads Field Branch