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OWC welcomes Kelly Kupcak to the Leadership Committee

OWC welcomes Kelly Kupcak to the Leadership Committee

It is with great pleasure to introduce Ms. Kelly Kupcak as the newest Ohio Workforce Coalition, Leadership Committee member.
Kelly Kupcak currently serves as the Workforce Program Manager for the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development where her work is focused on ensuring high-road workforce practices in the energy efficiency sector. In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector Ms. Kupcak is the President and Owner of KMK Consulting and a principal at APB & Associates, Inc. where she serves in the capacity of the Director of Workforce Diversity. Ms. Kupcak has extensive experience in project development and management, with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts in the construction sector in Ohio. While primarily working with nonprofit and government partners, Ms. Kupcak also has experience with the private sector in project development, management and research as well. Clients include the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor-Management Councils, City Governments, and a wide-range of nonprofit organizations and registered trade apprenticeship programs. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Kupcak worked in the public policy arena impacting both legislative efforts and agency regulations which effected issues ranging from compliance, workforce utilization, apprenticeship regulations, anti-discrimination, nontraditional training, workforce development and pay equity in nontraditional workforce.

Ms. Kupcak provided project management for the diversity program of a multi-billon dollar, multi-year school construction project for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District where she was able to promote systems-change initiatives and create a toolkit for contractors to support workforce diversity. Having provided consulting for numerous entities on issues of workforce diversity and economic inclusion, Ms. Kupcak has been instrumental in impacting successful project outcomes. In 2007, Ms. Kupcak was
recognized by the Washington, D.C.-based national progressive think-tank, The Mobility Project for her work
in engaging a multi-stakeholder initiative to address disparities in construction workforces and subcontracting on public works projects in her community through Community Benefits Agreements.

Ms. Kupcak is dedicated to improving her community at the local level as well as through service in state and national volunteer efforts as well. Ms. Kupcak serves on several boards and advisory committees including the National Skills Coalition Advisory Council (2010 – 2011), Emerald Cities (Cleveland) Executive Committee (2010 – 2012), the Mayor’s Retrofit Work Group (Cleveland), Constructing Futures Roundtable, and the Ohio Apollo Alliance Steering Committee. Ms. Kupcak is a 2007 graduate of the inaugural class of the Mandel Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) at Case Western Reserve University and 2008 National Women’s Law Center Progressive Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship. Ms. Kupcak was a 2011 Ohio Political Leaders Fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership.

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