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Meet our Results for America State and Local Workforce Fellows

In the fall of 2019, RFA launched a State and Local Workforce Fellowship to help data- and evidence-driven state and local government leaders make tangible progress in improving employment outcomes for residents. Despite tremendous pressure and unprecedented need, Fellows made incredible progress in 2020, and the need for an equitable recovery, driven by data and evidence is more pressing than ever.

This page provides a detailed overview of the Fellowship. Below you'll see our distinguished Fellows, the diverse jurisdictions they represent, the goals of each phase of the Fellowship, and the wins they've achieved to improve outcomes for the residents they serve.

STATE AND LOCAL WORKFORCE FELLOWS


Thomas Flournoy

California

Workforce Fellow

Division Chief of the Southern Office Workforce Services Division, Employment Development Department

Thomas Flournoy

California

Workforce Fellow

Jaime Gutierrez

California

Workforce Fellow

Division Chief of the Central Office Workforce Services Division, Employment Development Department

Jaime Gutierrez

California

Workforce Fellow

Brooke Valle

California

Workforce Fellow

Vice President of Strategy, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Brooke Valle

California

Workforce Fellow

Lisa Salazar

California

Workforce Fellow

Policy Director, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles

Lisa Salazar

California

Workforce Fellow

Erin Jones

Colorado

Workforce Fellow

Director, Workforce Boulder County

Erin Jones

Colorado

Workforce Fellow

Lee Wheeler-Berliner

Colorado

Workforce Fellow

Managing Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council

Lee Wheeler-Berliner

Colorado

Workforce Fellow

Aurora Steinle

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Director, Performance and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

Aurora Steinle

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Jasmine Illa

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Chief of Staff, DC Workforce Investment Council

Jasmine Illa

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Ta-Tanisha Wallace

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Chief Strategy Officer, DC Department of Employment Services

Ta-Tanisha Wallace

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Ashley Williams

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Senior Program Officer, DC Department of Employment Services

Ashley Williams

District of Columbia

Workforce Fellow

Julie Wirt

Ohio

Workforce Fellow

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Julie Wirt

Ohio

Workforce Fellow

Lisa Patt-McDaniel

Ohio

Workforce Fellow

CEO, Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio

Lisa Patt-McDaniel

Ohio

Workforce Fellow

Allison Jones

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

Allison Jones

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

James Martini

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

Director, Pennsylvania Workforce Development

James Martini

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

Erica Mulberger

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

Executive Director, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation

Erica Mulberger

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

Dillon Moore

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

Director of Policy, Partner4Work

Dillon Moore

Pennsylvania

Workforce Fellow

Charles Miller

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Workforce Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Greg Abbott

Charles Miller

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Courtney Arbour

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Director, Workforce Division, Texas Workforce Commission

Courtney Arbour

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Jennifer Troke

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Director of Grants and Contracts, Texas Workforce Commision

Jennifer Troke

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Lee Rector

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Director, Texas Workforce Investment Council

Lee Rector

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Paul Fletcher

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Paul Fletcher

Texas

Workforce Fellow

Felix Schapiro

Virginia

Workforce Fellow

Workforce Policy Analyst, Governor Northam’s Office

Felix Schapiro

Virginia

Workforce Fellow

Seema Jain

Virginia

Workforce Fellow

Vice President of Operations, SkillSource Group, Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board

Seema Jain

Virginia

Workforce Fellow

2021 State and Local Workforce Fellowship Wins

  • California’s San Diego Workforce Partnership released two evidence-based RFPs for youth jobs services in October of 2020 which also leverage job quality and equity metrics.
  • Colorado developed evidence of effectiveness definitions (p 25) and required local areas to provide an evidence inventory in their local workforce plans.
  • D.C. developed performance-based contracting and evaluation guidance.
  • Ohio Jobs and Family Services supported Central Ohio in piloting two outcomes-based contracts with the intent of spreading the contracting strategy across the state.
  • Pennsylvania defined evidence of effectiveness for the workforce system and conducted a field survey to learn how to support local areas in building evidence. The Governor’s Office developed a grant template leveraging these definitions.
    • Partner4Work, our Pittsburg Fellow, issued a performance-based RFP for training programs leading to industry-recognized credentials and employment.
  • Texas Workforce Commission defined and prioritized evidence for the first time, and the first grant announcement under this system will be issued in March 2021.
  • Virginia developed and launched a workforce data trust, connecting data across six agencies, a referral portal offering a single point of entry to all workforce customers, and performance dashboards to inform both the public and workforce officials. We also gained DOL approval for N. VA’s use of WIOA Pay-for-Performance, the first in the nation.
To continue this important work, RFA will be launching Phase II of the Workforce Fellowship in March 2021. RFA’s State and Local Workforce Fellows will have access to a peer network of leading workforce officials, expert technical assistance to solve problems and implement evidence-based solutions, and support and resources to elevate and spotlight successes and continue to build momentum. By bringing together leaders from the most data- and evidence-driven state and local workforce offices and boards to collaboratively develop and implement strategies for building and using evidence to direct funding, the Fellowship will continue to create national proof points that set the stage for broader adoption across the country.