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National Skills Coalition’s National Advisory Panels are made up of thought leaders in their fields. Each panel serves as a sounding board to NSC as we shape, develop, and implement the coalition’s policy agenda and advocacy and communications strategies. 

Many members of our panels are drawn from NSC’s National Partners – key networks with which NSC engages in ongoing strategic collaboration to shape and advance essential policy reforms at the federal and state level. These National Partners include Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships, Commission on Adult Basic Education, National Youth Employment Coalition, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), National Council on Workforce Education, Workforce Data Quality Campaign, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and Young Invincibles.

Skills Equity

The Skills Equity National Advisory Panel brings together a diverse group of adult education, immigration, community college, labor, and other partners to advance policies that support skill-building and employment advancement for individuals with low literacy, numeracy, and/or English skills. This Panel provides strategic guidance as NSC develops a policy platform and advocacy strategy to support meaningful investment in employment-focused basic skills as a key element of our nation’s skills and economic strategy. 

Members of this National Advisory Panel come to us from a number of our key national partners, including the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE).  Panelists with affiliations to these national partners are labeled below.

Oswaldo Alvarez

Chicago Workforce Investment Council

Illinois

Ingrid Angel

El Barrio/The Centers for Families and Children

Ohio

NCLR

Teri W. Barnett

Alexandria City Public Schools

Virginia

Steve Bender

1199NE Training and Upgrading Fund

Connecticut

Sharon Bonney

Commission on Adult Basic Education

New York

Aida Cardenas

Building Skills Partnership

California

Jeff Carter

Adult education advocate

Washington, DC

Tammy Childers

Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board

North Carolina

Brenda Dann-Messier

Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

Rhode Island

Patti Donnelly

Literacy Center of Northern Virginia (retired)

Virginia

Marie Downey

BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center

Massachusetts

Garrett Groves

Center for Public Policy Priorities

Texas

Jana Harper Makaafi

Central Arizona College

Arizona

John Hunt

LaGuardia Community College

New York

Surabhi Jain

UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)

Illinois

Donna Kinerney

Montgomery College

Maryland

CCCIE

Dr. Jane MacKillop

School of Professional and Continuing Studies, City University of New York, Lehman College

New York

Tom Orr

Local Initiatives Support Coalition

Indiana

Jerry Rubin

JVS Boston

Massachusetts

Maricel Santos

San Francisco State University

California

Pat Schramm

Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Glenn Scott Davis

City of Seattle

Washington

Kaye Sharbono

Commission on Adult Basic Education

Louisiana

Sophie Tan

United Way of Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Regina Suitt

Pima Community College

Arizona

CCCIE

Shaketta Thomas

Virginia Department of Corrections

Virginia

Peter Waite

ProLiteracy

New York

Anjalé Welton, PhD

Office of Community College Research and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois

Faith Wiggins

1199 SEIU Training and Employment Funds

New York

Teresita Wisell

Westchester Community College/Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education

New York

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.

 

Hugh Bradshaw

VocRehab Vermont

Vermont

Earl Buford

Milwaukee Area Workforce Board

Milwaukee

Daniel Bustillo

Service Employees International Union, Healthcare Career Advancement Program

New York

Kerrie Carte

WSOS Community Action/ Ohio Workforce Coalition

Ohio

Susan Crane

SkillUp Washington

Washington

NFWS

Cheryl Feldman

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Pennsylvania

John Gaal

Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis Vicinity

Missouri

Myndi Hoffman

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

Sheila Maguire

Sheila Maguire Consulting

New York

Brad Neese

Apprenticeship Carolina

South Carolina

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

Ted Stalnos

Calumet Area Industrial Association

Illinois

Janice Urbanik

Partners for a Competitive Workforce

Ohio

NFWS

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

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

International 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

Beth Bean

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Colorado

Brenda Dann-Messier

Postsecondary Commissioner, State of Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Lou A. Guthrie

Johnson County Community College

Kansas

Cheryl Hay

Ohio Jobs

Ohio

Emily House

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Tennessee

Steve Jurch

Community College of Baltimore County

Maryland

NCWE

Pradeep Kotamraju

Iowa Department of Education

Iowa

Girard Melancon

Baton Rouge Community College

Louisiana

NCWE

Darlene Miller

National Council on Workforce Education

Holly Moore

South Seattle Community College

Washington

NCWE

Joseph Mulford

Pine Technical and Community College

Minnesota

Rory O'Sullivan

Young Invincibles

Washington, DC

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

Frank Waterous

Bell Policy Center

Colorado

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

Welfare to Careers

The Welfare to Careers 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

Jessica Fraser

Indiana Community Action Association

Indiana

Erin Frasier

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Washington

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

Emily Price

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

District of Columbia

Kelly Tessitore

JVS Boston

Massachusetts

Carrie Thomas

Chicago Jobs Council

Illinois

Matt Williams

Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative

Mississippi