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  • Overview

    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

About the Leadership Committee

The Ohio Workforce Coalition’s Leadership Committee is the leadership body of the Coalition. Members identify Coalition policy priorities, guide Coalition strategy, and lead Coalition activities. Staff support to the Coalition is provided by Rebecca Kusner. Current members of the Ohio Workforce Coalition’s Leadership Committee are:

Bishara Addison

Senior Manager, Towards Employment

Northeast

Hope Arthur

Director, The Health Collaborative

Southwest

Laurie Atkins*

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Literacy Cooperative

Northeast

Jessica Borza

Executive Director, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition

Northeast

Kerrie Carte*

Planning & Development Coordinator, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership.

Northwest

Elizabeth Cusma

Program Director, Global Cleveland

Northeast

Toni Cunningham*

Managing Director, Columbus Per Scholas

Central

Laurie Gribble-McKnight

Director, Area 14 Workforce Development Board

Southeast

Jill Rizika

Executive Director, Towards Employment

Northeast

Michael Shields

Researcher, Policy Matters Ohio

Statewide

David Takats

Chief Mission Office, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio

Northwest

John Trott

Executive Director, Greater Ohio Workforce Board

Statewide

Bryan Wright

Executive Director, Cincinnati Compass

Southwest

*Indicates member of executive leadership