Delivering innovative workforce development

We manage a variety of funding sources (public, private sector, and philanthropy) to implement targeted and measurable workforce development services throughout the San Diego County region. We are the local Workforce Development Board, designated by the City and County of San Diego.

Two boards provide oversight—the Consortium Policy Board and the Workforce Development Board (WDB). Meetings are open to the public.

WDB Agendas & Minutes   Policy Board Agendas & Minutes

Workforce Development Board

The WDB reviews initiatives and works closely with staff on committees and working groups. Members represent our entire region—businesses, organized labor, education and community leaders. This group strengthens our work with all stakeholders to address the workforce needs of our region.

Board Members
  • Rick Vaccari (WDB Chair), Vice President of Investor Relations and Pensions (retired), Sempra Energy
  • Althea Salas (Vice Chair), Vice President of Human Resources, San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Carmen Summers (Secretary/Treasurer), General Manager, Americas Azure Core Specialized Sales, Microsoft Corporation
  • Risa Baron, Municipal Manager, Republic Services
  • Christina Bibler, Director of Economic Development, City of San Diego
  • Phil Blair, President, Manpower San Diego
  • Danene Brown, Ph.D., Regional Consortium Chair, San Diego & Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association
  • Brigette Browning, Executive Secretary Treasurer, San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Labor Council
  • Efrem Bycer, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Economic Graph, LinkedIn
  • Veronica Dela Rosa, Executive Vice President of Operations, San Ysidro Health
  • Matt Doyle, Ed.D., Superintendent, Vista Unified School District
  • Jamie Gardner, Director of Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding, Watkins Wellness
  • Shandon Harbour, President and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Ed Hidalgo, Chief of Innovation & Engagement Officer, Cajon Valley Union School District
  • Brisa L. Johnson, Civic Engagement Manager Statewide, United Domestic Workers
  • Kevin Johnson, Training Director/CFO, San Diego & Imperial County Electrical Training Institute
  • Carol Kim, Business Manager, San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council 
  • Matt Martin, Executive Vice President, PNC Bank
  • Jeff Noyes, District Administrator, Department of Rehabilitation
  • Kurling Robinson, Founder, Fōkcus
  • Aida Rosa, Chief Human Resources Officer, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
  • Mimi Rosado, Deputy, Corporate Programs, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific
  • Ricky Shabazz, President, San Diego City College
  • Nancy Smith-Taylor, Director of Diversity and Workforce Management, SDG&E
  • Annie Taamilo, Deputy Division Chief, Employment Development Department
  • Jeremy Vellón, Military Program Manager, Amazon Workforce Staffing

Policy Board

As the Workforce Partnership is a joint powers authority, the Policy Board is a partnership of the City and County of San Diego. Members include two County Supervisors, two San Diego City Councilmembers, and a community representative (currently the United Way of San Diego.) They appoint WDB members and receive recommendations from the WDB. In collaboration with the WDB, the Policy Board decides on a variety of funding decisions and priorities.

  • Monica Montgomery Steppe, Council President Pro Tem, City of San Diego
Vice Chair
  • Terra Lawson-Remer, Supervisor, County of San Diego
  • Jim Desmond, Supervisor, County of San Diego
  • Sean Elo-Rivera, Council President, City of San Diego
  • Nancy Sasaki, CEO, United Way of San Diego County
  • Joel Anderson, Supervisor, County of San Diego
  • Stephen Whitburn, Councilmember, City of San Diego
  • Vivian Moreno, Councilmember, City of San Diego
  • Jacob Richards, Board Member, United Way of San Diego County