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September 11, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has announced a new board chair and the appointment of five new members to its Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Phil Blair, Executive Officer of Manpower Staffing/San Diego will serve a two-year term as chair of the Board. He is one of San Diego’s most visible and respected business leaders. Manpower’s focus is on IT engineering, finance, advanced manufacturing and providing temporary, permanent and “Search and Career” coaching services.

The five new board members are:

  • Mary Burton, Vice President of Human Resources, Sea World
  • Dennis DuBard, Manager, Public and Government Relations, General Dynamic, NASSCO
  • Shandon Harbour, President and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Sandra Shuda, Vice President of Strategy and Services, Watkins Wellness
  • Mark Starr, Director, Microsoft

The WDB provides oversight and funding direction to the organization. The WDB receives input and recommendations from committees and the community. They review funding initiatives and make recommendations to the SDWP Policy Board. WDB members represent all of San Diego County. As required by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, the WDB is required to have a membership that is private business sector majority. In addition, WDB representatives from education, public sector leaders, organized labor, and leaders and advocates for workforce development.

“Having representation from a variety of business sectors on the WDB is vital to us as we develop training programs that will meet the current and future workforce needs of employers throughout San Diego County,” says Peter Callstrom, SDWP’s CEO.

“This is an exciting time to be working with SDWP,” says Blair. “I am looking forward to working with staff and my fellow board members to tackle a number of priorities, including how we can reconnect opportunity youth to school and work, expand job training programs within San Diego County’s jails, and develop a five-year strategic plan that embraces the new technology and training choices job seekers have now and will have in the future.”

For more information on the WDB, visit

San Diego Workforce Partnership

SDWP is the leader for innovative workforce solutions in San Diego County. It funds and delivers job training programs that enable adults and youth to develop the skills and knowledge needed for in-demand careers. SDWP also provides ongoing labor market research on the region’s workforce trends and key industries. Its vision is to ensure that every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment. For more information, visit

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