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Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy

Why it matters

The Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy is a fellowship program for workforce development professionals in the Greater Phoenix area. In partnership between the Center for the Future of Arizona and the Aspen Institute, the Academy provides training and networking opportunities for workforce development professionals to learn new tools and collaboratively address common challenges. The Academy is supported by an Advisory Council of senior leaders from across the Greater Phoenix area representing organizations engaged in workforce development.

How it works

The ten-month Academy will run from May 2021 to February 2022 and is designed to strengthen the leadership pipeline and deepen collaborative relationships within local site areas so that Fellows and the organizations they represent are better able to advance the economic well-being of the people they serve. The twenty-four Academy Fellows will have the opportunity to work with leading practitioners from around the country, engage in leadership development activities, and use practical planning tools to develop effective workforce strategies and programs that build their local workforce system.

Our Partners

Arizona Advisory Council

  • Daniel Barajas, Associate Vice Chancellor, Workforce Development, Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Heather Carter, Executive Vice President, Greater Phoenix Leadership
  • Elizabeth Cole, Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships, Rio Salado College and [email protected] Maricopa County Workforce Board Member
  • Victor Contreras, Director, Workforce Solutions, Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Kristin Ferguson, Professor & Director, Center for Human Capital & Youth Development, Arizona State University
  • Jesus Love, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of America and [email protected] City of Phoenix Workforce Board Member
  • Jennifer Mellor, Chief Innovation Officer, Greater Phoenix Chamber
  • Liza Noland, Director of Rural Programs, Local First Arizona
  • Rob Stenson, Manager, [email protected] City of Phoenix
  • Katrina Thurman, Vice President, Mission Development, Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona
  • Chevera Trillo, Administrator, Workforce Development, Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Tina Wadham, [email protected], Manager, [email protected] Maricopa County
  • Kweilin Waller, Deputy Director, Human Services, City of Phoenix
  • Kolu Wilson, Arizona Workforce Administrator, Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

National Partner

  • Aspen Institute


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