It’s an exciting day for the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC), as Bryan Wilson becomes the new director of the initiative. Bryan brings years of experience in workforce development and career and technical education, including demonstrated success in using data for policy and program improvement.
Bryan spent the bulk of his career in Washington state as deputy director of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, where he led creation of the state’s accountability system for workforce development. He also managed a national effort to design an updated performance management system for workforce programs, publishing recommendations later codified in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Earlier, Bryan held policy posts in the governor’s office and in the state House of Representatives.
In 2013, Bryan moved to Washington D.C. to become the State Policy Director for the National Skills Coalition, which is WDQC’s parent organization. In this role, Bryan oversaw the State Workforce and Education Alignment Project (SWEAP). His expertise was instrumental in helping state officials create data tools to align programs with employer skill needs.
Bryan replaces Rachel Zinn, the founding director of WDQC. During her four years leading the project, Rachel successfully positioned the WDQC as a recognized authority on workforce data policy issues both in D.C. and the states. Rachel is relocating to the Baltimore area, where she will join city government as a senior budget analyst.
We look forward to a smooth transition and new opportunities for WDQC to advocate for better data that can help improve our nation’s workforce development policy. As a longtime member of the National Skills Coalition team — and a frequent collaborator with WDQC policy analysts Jenna Leventoff and Christina Pena — Bryan is well-positioned to further integrate data advocacy into the organization’s broader work to ensure that every worker and every industry has the necessary skills to grow and thrive.