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Economic Development & Employer Services Committee (EDES)

Composition: Economic Development and Employer Services Committee of the WIB. The chair of this committee shall be a member representing private business or a local economic development agency. The committee is comprised of representatives of the , including those representing mandated partners. The chair is selected from the Committee membership and appointed by the WIB Chair. The Vice-Chair is selected by the EDES Committee.

The Economic Development and Employer Services Committee shall develop strategies to train workforce participants for jobs that will provide long-term career paths; coordinate labor market studies; provide the WIB with information on emerging market trends; provide guidance regarding Individual Training Accounts (ITAs), the Eligible Training Provider List, and employer services in the One-Stop Career Centers; recommend changes to the workforce investment system in order to improve employer satisfaction with employee recruitment, retention, productivity, and profitability, and other outcomes; and develop strategies to enhance the responsiveness of the workforce investment system to the needs of local businesses.

Name Company/Organization Phone/Email
Martha Giggleman
Committee Chair
Nursing Support Services Director,
Washington Hospital
(510) 745-6462
Dan Walters
Committee Vice-Chair
Copper Harbor Company, Inc. (510) 639-4670, x12
Darlene Besst National Electrical Contractors Assoc (NECA) (925) 828-6322
Bob Brewer
Vice President, Workforce Dev. Goodwill Industries (510) 698-7232
Blanca Cetin VP & Community Dev. Officer
Wells Fargo Bank
Andreas Cluver Secretary-Treasurer
Alameda County Building Trades
(510) 430-8664
Lori A. Cox
Alameda County Social Services Agency
Karen Engel
Executive Director
East Bay EDA
Matt Gardner Chief Business Officer
Bay Area Council
(415) 946-8707
Daniel Kennerk Representative
SEIU Local 1000
(510) 622-1582
Brett Knight HR Business Partner
Kaiser Permanente
(510) 363-5044
Michael LaFontaine
Branch Manager
Manpower Staffing
(510) 835-2424
Elizabeth Ortega
Political Director
Alameda Labor Council
(510) 632-4242, x224
James Paxson
General Manager
Hacienda Business Park Owners Association
(925) 734-6510
Douglas Rich
Executive Director Quality
Melissa Zucker
HR Vice President
Solaria Corporation
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