The Skills in the State Forum convenes state and local leaders from across the country who are working to bring skills training opportunities to more people through policy changes in their states.
Across the country, people are striving to move into living wage jobs and improve their economic circumstances. Meanwhile, businesses are looking for new ways to grow a skilled and diverse workforce in order to compete in a rapidly changing and increasingly global economy. Policy makers have the chance to support people’s aspirations and boost business growth through inclusive workforce development policies. Advocates in NSC’s State networks play a pivotal role in influencing these policies across states, and have an opportunity to advance principles that ensure those disproportionally impacted are served.
Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su
Julie Su was appointed by President Biden to serve as the deputy secretary of labor and confirmed by the Senate on July 13, 2021. The deputy secretary serves as the de-facto chief operating officer for the department, overseeing its workforce, managing its budget and executing the priorities of the secretary of labor.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Deputy Secretary Su served as the secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. The LWDA enforces workplace laws, combats wage theft, ensures health and safety on the job, connects Californians to quality jobs and career pathways, and administers unemployment insurance, workers compensation and paid family leave.