State Board Membership

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is responsible for assisting the Governor in performing the duties and responsibilities required by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

All members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the Governor and represent the many facets of workforce development – business, labor, public education, higher education, economic development, youth activities, employment and training, as well as the Legislature. Board members are now afforded the opportunity to become acquainted with membership duties via our Board Orientation/On-Boarding Packet.

The Board meets on a regular basis and the public is encouraged to attend the meetings. Decisions are reached through a collaborative process.

The State Plan serves as the framework for the development of public policy, fiscal investment, and operation of the state workforce and education system.

State Board Members

Dr. Angelo Farooq, Chair
Owner – AVM Innovation Consulting, LLC

Kamyar Amiri-Davani
Vice President – Outclick Media

Mark Arabo
President and CEO – Refined Management

Robert Beitcher
President and Chief Executive Officer – Motion Picture and Television Fund

John Brauer
WED Executive Director – California Federation of Labor

Hon. Anna Caballero
California State Senator, District 12

Jamil Dada
Senior Financial Manager – Provident Bank-Riverside County Branches

Lee Ann Eager
President/CEO – Fresno County Economic Development Corporation

Diane Factor
Worker Education and Resource Center

Nancy Farias
Director, Employment Development Department

Dean Fealk
Partner & Co-Chair, International Labor and Employment practice, DLA Piper

Larry Frank
Capital Campaign Director, UCLA Labor Center

Michael Gallo
President and Chief Executive Officer – Kelly Space and Technology, Inc.

Mark Ghaly, M.D., M.P.H.
Secretary – California Health and Human Services Agency

Leonard Gonzalez
Executive Director, Laborers’ Training and Retraining Trust Fund

Jason Haider
Founder – Xenco Medical

Chris Hill
Chief Strategy Officer – Mycotoo, Inc.

Gary King
Chief Workforce Officer – Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Hilary D. Lentini
President and Chief Executive Officer – Lentini Design and Marketing, Inc.

Stephen Levy
Director and Senior Economist – Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy

Hon. Connie Leyva
California State Senator, District 20

Laura Long
Vice President, Operations, Performance & Compliance – Kaiser Permanente National Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

James Mangia
President and Chief Executive Officer – St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

Rebecca Miller
Workforce Director – SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW)

Stephen Monteros
Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives – SIGMAnet

Hon. Kevin Mullin
Representative – California State Assembly

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Chancellor – California Community Colleges

Natalie Palugyai
Secretary – Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Robert Redlo
Consultant – Doctors Medical Center

Nicole Rice
President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

Charles Riojas
Secretary-Treasurer — Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings Building Trades Council

Hon. Rudy Salas
Representative – California State Assembly

Fabrizio Sasso
Executive Director – Sacramento Labor Council

Avin Sharma
Director of Labor Relations and Workforce Development, Port of Los Angeles

Jeremy Smith
Deputy Legislative Director – State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

Anette Smith
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Roth Staffing Companies

Bruce Stenslie
President and Chief Executive Officer – Economic Development Collaborative, Ventura County

Hon. Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction – California Department of Education

Floyd Trammell
Executive Director – West Bay Local Development Corporation

Joseph Williams
Community Agent of Strategic Partnerships – Rialto Unified School District

Joe Xavier
Director – Department of Rehabilitation

Gloria Young
President & Chief Executive Officer – Young and Lamay Associates

Carol Zabin
Research Director – University of California, Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education