Workforce Development Board

Created

Established by Executive Order, Montgomery County Workforce Development Board 132-15-AM, effective 8/31/2015, amended by Executive Order 132-15-AM1 effective, 7/1/2020.

Purpose

The Workforce Development Board advises the County Executive on the administration of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and serves as a strategic convener to promote and broker effective relationships between the County Executive and economic, education, and workforce partners throughout the local area. The Board is responsible for developing a strategy to continuously improve and strengthen the workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs to promote economic growth.

Membership

The Executive must appoint, subject to confirmation by the Council up to 35 members: up to 18 business representatives; of those, 2 must be small businesses; up to 9 workforce representatives, including 2 labor organization representatives and up to 7 community-based/non-profit organization representatives; 8 other members must include: the Chief Executive Officer/President of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation; and one representative each from the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation; the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services; Montgomery College as an organization administering adult education and literacy activities; Montgomery County Public Schools; a four-year post-secondary educational institution in Montgomery County; the director or designee of Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services, and a community action agency representative.

Board Members

Mr. Ahmed R. Ali
President
TISTA Science and Technology Corporation

Ms. Michelle Bell Smith
Chief Executive Officer
1st Choice, LLC

Ms. Melissa R. Boone Esq.
Vice President
Human Resources Social & Scientific Systems

Mr. John Cain
Energy Services Business Development Boland Trane Services, Inc.

Dr. Raymond L. Crowel Psy.D
Director
Dept. of Health and Human Services

Mark W. Drury
Vice President of Business Development Shapiro & Duncan

Ms. Barbara I Ebel
Executive Director
Strategic Partnerships Maryland Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Mr. Ryan W. Gandy MPA
Deputy Director
Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

Mr. Wyatt Genser
Senior Vice President
Capital Bank

Mr. Steven Greenfield
Dean of Instruction Montgomery College Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Mr. Jeff Guido
Consultant
American Building Trades Unions

Ms. Jennifer B. Hester
MS, MBA Vice President
Human Resource The Emmes Company, LLC

Mahesh Kalva
President and Chief Technology Officer AmeriinfoVets Inc.

Ms. Mary C. Lang
Chief Strategy Officer/Chief of Staff USG Board of Advisors
Universities at Shady Grove

Ms. Beth Lash
Regional Director Division of Rehabilitation Services Maryland State
Dept. of Education

Mr. Omar A. Lazo
Owner/Manager
Los Chorros Restaurant

Ms. Lesley J. MacDonald
Executive Director
Non-Profit Montgomery

Ms. Roxana Mejia
Political Affairs Director
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Ms. Yomi Ntewo
Senior Director Talent Acquisition, Innovative, Thought Leader, and Strategic Partner Sodexo

Ms. Sophia J. Parker
CEO and Founder DSFederal, Inc.

Ms. Sharon Strauss
Executive Director
Community Action Agency

Mr. Derek G. Turner
Chief Communications Officer
Montgomery County Public Schools

Mr. Diego Uriburu
Co-Founder and Executive Director Identity, Inc.

Mr. Benjamin H. Wu
President and CEO
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Meeting Information

Currently the Workforce Development Board meets quarterly by videoconference. When in-person meetings resume, the Board will meet in Rockville.

Upcoming meeting dates

  • March 3, 2021  8:30am-10am
  • April 7, 2021  8:30am-10am
  • May 5, 2021  8:30am-10am
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Meeting Minutes

Commission meeting minutes are posted after approval by Workforce Development Board members.

Contact

Anthony Featherstone
Executive Director
Worksource Montgomery, Inc.
afeatherstone@worksourcemontgomery.com