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July 8, 2021

In the 24 years that Annie Taamilo has been with the State of California, Employment Development Department (EDD), she has held a variety of assignments which have provided her with a strong background in Workforce Services programs and development. She has been instrumental in developing policies, processes and trainings in her leadership role. Her effective leadership as the San Diego/Imperial Valley Region Deputy Division Chief has brought workforce services to the forefront of the delivery of employment services among businesses for both counties. Annie has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Work and a Masters of Art in Organizational Leadership. Annie has been happily married for 26 years and has three beautiful children. Here she tells us a little bit about her.

Annie Taamillo

Why are you passionate about workforce development?

It’s instrumental for fostering partnerships which lead to successful and collaborative local workforce systems that focus on the delivery of high performance and excellence in employment and job seeker services throughout San Diego County. 

What do you like best about being on the Workforce Development Board?

My desire is to continue bringing workforce development to the forefront of the delivery of employment services among businesses in San Diego County. Although I represent EDD on the board, I also represent the America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) and it is critical for the board to understand what services we deliver in the AJCCs; it is important for the board to recognize and understand what they are actually approving.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

I enjoy spending time with my family. Also, I have recently found a passion for working out, ultimately to improve my health.

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