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Minneapolis Workforce Development Board

The Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB) is one of Minnesota's 16 local workforce boards, designated by the Governor under authorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The MWDB guides the design of local workforce development in the City of Minneapolis,  including operational oversight of CareerForce Minneapolis North, CareerForce Minneapolis South, and the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. Priorities include pathways initiatives in youth internships, healthcare, information technology, and place-based strategies. In addition, MWDB seeks to increase awareness of high-demand occupations and to connect employers with resources to recruit and retain a competitive workforce. 

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Established Date:
Jan 1, 1983
Membership Details
No. of Seats:
21
Positions Occupied:
21
Vacant Positions:
0
Membership Description:

The MWDB is comprised of 21 members who are appointed to three-year terms. Members represent various sectors of the workforce system, including business, workforce, education and training, government, and economic development. In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, members must have decision-making authority within the organizations they represent. 

Term Limit:
NA
Residency Requirement:
Must be a Minneapolis resident. May be waived if the business/employer is located in Minneapolis.
Compensation:
None
Selection Procedure:
The MWDB uses the City's open appointment process.  Applications are reviewed by staff and the Chair of the MWDB, who make recommendations to the Mayor. Mayoral appointments are subject to confirmation by the City Council.
Appointing Cycle:
Spring
Members
Seat # Name Term Start Term End Appointing Authority Membership Requirements
1 Laura Beeth Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative business
2 Jennifer Gilbert Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative business
3 Andrea Bredow Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative business
4 Jamie Mailer Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative business
5 Tara Watson Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative business
6 Ken McCraley Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative business
7 Julie Scheife Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative business
8 Hilary Marden-Resnik Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative business
9 Kyle Punton Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative business
10 Thakurdyal Singh Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative business
11 Jonathan Weinhagen Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative business
12 Daniel McConnell Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative from workforce: labor organization
13 Aaron Hill Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative of workforce: Joint Labor-Management Apprenticeship Program
14 Douglas Flateau Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative of workforce: Labor; Apprenticeship; Community Based Organization addressing barriers to employment; or an organization providing employment, training, or education services for youth
15 Marcus Pope Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative of workforce: Labor; Apprenticeship; Community Based Organization addressing barriers to employment; or an organization providing employment, training, or education services for youth
16 Sharon Pierce Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative of higher education institution
17 Cavan Gahagan Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative of Provider of Adult Education and Literacy Activities under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II
18 Clarence Hightower Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative of economic and community development organization
19 Leona Martin Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative of State of Minnesota employment service office under the Wagner-Peyser Act
20 Thant Pearson Jul 1, 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Mayor Representative of an entity providing programs carried out under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I, other than section 112 or part C of that title serving Minneapolis
21 Tashitaa Tufaa Jul 1, 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Mayor Representative of an organization administering programs related to transportation, housing, or public assistance
Meeting Schedule:
Semi-monthly on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 8:00 a.m. (January, March, May, July, September, and November)
Location:
Various
Address:
Various
Legislative Details
Enabling Legislation:
This link open a new window Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014
Bylaws:
This link open a new window Minneapolis Workforce Development Board Bylaws
Contact Information
Department:
Community Planning & Economic Development
Phone:
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