City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board officers at the July 2019 annual meeting
On July 23, 2019, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) held its annual, summer meeting at Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park.

During the meeting, the WDB approved a set of online resources which identify the many apprenticeship opportunities in the region. These reports will be posted online and made available to the public. The tools will be useful for jobseekers and youth during job search and career development activities.

The WDB voted in its Officers for 2019-2020:

  • Charles Woo (CEO, Mega Toys) as WDB Chair
  • Patricia Perez (VPE Public Relations) as Secretary
  • Garrett Gin (Bank of America) as Secretary
Additionally, the WDB approved its Executive Committee to be comprised of the three Officers (Woo, Perez and Gin), the chairs of four standing committees, and two At-Large Representatives:

  • Ruth Lopez Novodor (Beverly Oncology and Imaging Medical Group, Inc)
    Chair, Oversight Committee
  • Kenn Phillips (The Valley Economic Alliance)
    Chair, Business Services, Marketing and Resources Development Committee
  • David Crippens (DLC & Associates)
    Chair, Youth Council
  • Ruth Lopez Novodor (Beverly Oncology and Imaging Medical Group, Inc) and La Shondra Mercurius (JLM Strategic Talent Partners)
    Co-Chairs, Nominations and Membership Committee
  • Adriana Kuhnle (California Employment Development Department)
  • Luther Medina (Sheet Metal Workers, Local 105)

The WDB thanked Bank of America and Garrett Gin, Greater Los Angeles Market, Bank of America, for a $125,000 donation to the Hire LA's Youth Initiative 2019. The funds will be used to pay for youth wages and internships provided through Mayor Garcetti's Hire LA's Youth Initiative.

Since 2012, Bank of America has generously supported Hire LA's Youth, contributing over $1,000,000 to support paid summer internships and paid work experiences for Angeleno youth.

Also, Bambi Salcedo, the President of TransLatin@Coalition, provided a presentation of the WDB commissioned report, "Transforming the Workplace: Los Angeles Trans and Gender Nonconforming Workplace Assessment Report."

YOU ARE INVITED to join the WDB at any of its upcoming meetings. Visit the WDB's Schedule of upcoming meetings for more information.