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National Skills Coalition’s National Advisory Panels are time-limited leadership bodies representing a nationwide slate of practitioner leaders that provide to NSC a diversity of lenses that shape our coalition’s skills platform, and robust networks and innovative strategies to advance that platform.

National Advisory Panels are developed in response to new or evolving issues, opportunities, and challenges, to which the coalition must affirmatively develop policy recommendations and advocacy, communications, and engagement strategies. The National Advisory Panels ensure NSC’s responsiveness to the needs of our members and solidify NSC’s status as being the national resource of note on skills issues.

Racial Equity

The Racial Equity National Advisory Panel will bring together a diverse group of education, business, labor, community-based, and public sector partners to guide and advance NSC’s agenda on creating a racially inclusive workforce and more equitable pathways to good skilled jobs for immigrants, English learners, and workers of color. This panel will provide strategic guidance as NSC develops a policy platform and advocacy strategy to ensure that every worker – including workers of color – has an equitable chance to garner the skills that they need to compete and prosper in today’s economy.

Matthew Bruce

Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance

Illinois

Daniel Bustillo

Healthcare Career Advancement Program

New York

Amanda Cage

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Illinois

Luis Barrera Castanon

Goodwill of Southern California

California

Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora

Northern Essex Community College

Massachusetts

Brenda Dann-Messier

State of Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Christian González-Rivera

Center for an Urban Future

New York

Jan Harrington-Davis

Henry Ford Health Systems

Michigan

Nancy Flake Johnson

Urban League of Greater Atlanta

Georgia

Tiffany Jones

The Education Trust

National

Dawnn Leary

Greater Washington Community Foundation

Washington, D.C.

Bryan Lindsley

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

National

Chioke Mose-Telesford

Detroit Mayor's Office

Michigan

Heddy Nam

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

California

Luther Pinckney

BEST Corp

Massachusetts

Sakara Remmu

ANEW

Washington

Sarah Robbins

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Pennsylvania

Alma Salazar

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

California

Brittney Smith

Protective Life Corporation

Alabama

Corey Wiggins

Mississippi NAACP

Mississippi

Wonda Winkler

Brighton Center

Kentucky

Caryn York

Job Opportunities Task Force

Maryland

Mindy Ysasi

The SOURCE

Michigan

Dr. Federico Zaragoza

College of Southern Nevada

Texas

Work Based Learning for Youth and Adults

The Work-Based Learning National Advisory Panel brings together a diverse group of intermediary, education, business, labor, community-based, and public sector partners to guide and advance NSC’s agenda on apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and the needs of youth and young adults struggling to enter the workforce and develop a career.

Members of this National Advisory Panel come to us from a number of our key national partners, including National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), and National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC).  Those with affiliations to these national partners are labeled below.

 

Steve Bender

1199NE Training & Upgrading Fund

Connecticut

Hugh Bradshaw

VocRehab Vermont

Vermont

Earl Buford

Partners4Work

Pittsburgh

Daniel Bustillo

Service Employees International Union, Healthcare Career Advancement Program

New York

Kerrie Carte

WSOS Community Action/ Ohio Workforce Coalition

Ohio

Antiqua Clegget

Central Six AlabamaWorks!

Alabama

Cheryl Feldman

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Pennsylvania

Allan Freyer

North Carolina Justice Center

North Carolina

John Gaal

Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis Vicinity

Missouri

Eran Harrill

Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce

Oklahoma

Myndi Kuhlmann

Goodwill of North Georgia

Georgia

Pam Howze

National Fund for Workforce Solutions

South Carolina

Alex Johnson

Capital Workforce Partners

Connecticut

Mark Kessenich

Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP

Wisconsin

Anne Kilzer

Minnesota Workforce Council Association

Minnesota

Julie Kuklinski

Mississippi Women in Construction

Mississippi

Melinda Mack

New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals

New York

Brad Neese

Apprenticeship Carolina

South Carolina

Thomas Orr

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Indiana

Shana Peschek

Construction Center of Excellence

Washington

Jason Petrait

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Washington

Bill Rayl

Jackson Area Manufacturers Association

Michigan

Christa Sheehan

Hope Builders

California

Thomas Showalter

National Youth Employment Coalition

Washington, DC

NYEC

Abby Snay

JVS San Francisco

California

Paul Thompson

City Colleges of Chicago

Illinois

Laura Ward

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Tennessee

BLU Advisors

An employer-driven perspective on work-based learning is provided to the Panel by the Business Leaders United (BLU) Employer Advisory Group. All of the employers in this group are members of BLU, a coalition of small to medium sized employers working together to address their industry-based worker pipeline challenges through policy and peer-to-peer engagement.

Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner

Diego & Sons Printing

California

Erick Ajax

EJ Ajax & Sons

Minnesota

Randy Bennett

Automation Tool & Die, Inc.

Ohio

Emily Brown

UnityPoint Health

Iowa

Scott Christman

American Apprenticeship Round Table

Virginia

Dwight Dinsmore

Standard Aero

Ohio

Peter Feil

Stober Drives

Ohio

Paul Hoffman

Orange Research

Connecticut

Pamela Lendzion

American Boat Builders & Repairers Association

Rhode Island

Deb Lindner

Precor Incorporated

North Carolina

Kevin Meehan

Hydromat, Inc.

Missouri

Alejandro Mendoza

Optimax Systems

New York

Karl Robinson

R&R Transportation

North Carolina

Alma Salazar

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

California

Grant Shmelzer

Independent Electrical Contractors-Chesapeake

Maryland

Molly Seals

Mercy Health

Ohio

Liza Smitherman

Jostin Construction

Ohio

Susan Swanton

Maine Marine Trades Association

Maine

Steve Tamasi

Boston Centerless

Massachusetts

Traci Tapani

Wyoming Machine

Minnesota

Bill Weier

Fives Machining Systems

Ohio

Postsecondary Education

The Postsecondary National Advisory Panel focuses on developing and advancing policy proposals that will support a job-driven higher education system, with an emphasis on expanding student access to occupational training through improved financial aid and student supports; enhancing institutional capacity to develop and implement employment-focused programs in partnership with industry and other stakeholders; and building inclusive, aligned and market-relevant education data systems that support better consumer decisions and drive program improvement.

Members of this National Advisory Panel come to us from a number of our key national partners, including Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC), National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE), National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), and Young Invincibles (YI).  Those with affiliations to these national partners are labeled below.

Anne Bacon

North Carolina Community College System

North Carolina

Kim Becicka

Kirkwood Community College

Iowa

Brenda Dann-Messier

Postsecondary Commissioner, State of Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Garrett Groves

Austin Community College

Texas

Lou A. Guthrie

Johnson County Community College

Kansas

Jana Harper Makaafi

Central Arizona College

Arizona

Cheryl Hay

JobsOhio

Ohio

John Hunt

LaGuardia Community College

New York

Steve Jurch

Community College of Baltimore County

Maryland

NCWE

Donna Kinerney

Montgomery College

Maryland

Pradeep Kotamraju

Iowa Department of Education

Iowa

Girard Melancon

Baton Rouge Community College

Louisiana

NCWE

Darlene Miller

National Council on Workforce Education

Mimmo Parisi

Mississippi State University

Mississippi

WDQC

Alice Pritchard

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Connecticut

Carol Rogers

Business Research Center, Indiana University

Indiana

Alma Salazar

LA Chamber of Commerce

California

Reid Setzer

Young Invincibles

Washington, DC

Randall Stamper

Virginia Community College System

Virginia

Van Ton-Quinlivan

California Community Colleges

California

Anjale Welton

Illinois College of Education

Illinois

BLU Advisors

Paul Hoffman

Orange Research

Connecticut

Michael Kenig

Holder Construction Company

Georgia

Greg Mulherin

Newell Machinery Company Inc.

Iowa

Donamarie Wilfong

Allegheny Health Network

Pennsylvania

Safety Net and Skills Policy

The Safety Net and Skills Policy National Advisory Panel helps guide and advance NSC’s agenda on connecting public assistance recipients to skills and training opportunities. The panel provides strategic guidance as NSC continues to build upon our policy platform and advocacy strategy to position voluntary, job-driven skill-building as a key element of public benefits - and as a critical component to our nation’s skills and economic strategy.

Kim Becicka

Kirkwood Community College

Iowa

Sharon Bonney

Coalition on Adult Basic Education

New York

Cynthia Buchanan

Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership

Mississippi

Jeff Carter

Adult Education Advocate

Washington, D.C.

Tammy Childers

East Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc.

North Carolina

Amy Donahoe

The Chamber of Greater Springfield

Ohio

Jessica Fraser

Indiana Community Action Association

Indiana

Erin Frasier

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Washington

Michael Gritton

Kentuckiana Works

Kentucky

Hannah Halbert

Policy Matters Ohio

Ohio

David Kaz

Seattle Jobs Initiative

Seattle

Kate Kinder

Portland Community College

Portland

Rebecca Kusner

R4 Workforce

Ohio

Ruthie Liberman

EMPath

Massachusetts

Melinda Mack

New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals

New York

Emily Price

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

District of Columbia

James Reddish

Little Rock Regional Chamber

Arkansas

Kaye Sharbono

Coalition on Adult Basic Education

New York

Reecie Stagnolia

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky

Kelly Tessitore

JVS Boston

Massachusetts

Carrie Thomas

Chicago Jobs Council

Illinois

Peter Waite

ProLiteracy

New York

Matt Williams

Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative

Mississippi