About Us

The New Orleans Workforce Development Board (NOWDB) was established under the guidance of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Workforce Development Board is a business-led organization, partnering with education, organized labor, higher education, the community, and government, to provide oversight to public workforce development programs. The New Orleans Workforce Development Board has federal legislative authority to approve Workforce Innnovation and Opportunity Act – Title I spending and to measure the effectiveness of publicly funded workforce development programs in partnership with the Mayor of New Orleans. It convenes JOB1, a partnership of public and/or private workforce development agencies and organizations.

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  • Gregory Curtis, Board Chair | Human Resource Director, Windsor Court Hotel
  • Melissa Sparks, Co – Chair | VP Talent Management – Workforce, Ochsner Health System
  • Mikal Anderson | Chief Executive Officer, Prototype Entities
  • Dottie Bellato | President, New Orleans Convention Center NOCCI
  • Charlene Bonck | Regional Manager, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
  • Suri L. Duitch | Dean, Tulane University
  • Katherine Felton | Chief of Staff, Regional Transit Authority
  • Michael Fernandez | Center Director, New Orleans Job Corps
  • Jonathon Floyd | Senior Human Resources Executive, Entergy Services Inc
  • Thelma French | President/CEO, Total Community Action
  • Danielle Garrett | Director of People and Culture, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences
  • Floyd James | President, Team Fresh CO, LLC & Murphy Business Sales of Louisiana LLC
  • Claire Jecklin | Executive Director, New Orleans Career Center
  • Rachel Mackey | Louisiana Workforce Commission Workforce Development Specialist 8
  • Jeffrey Martin | Hospitality Consultant, Innovative Service Providers
  • Andrew O’Brien | Executive Secretary, Southeast Louisiana Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Peter Pappas | Human Resource Business Partner, DXC Technology
  • Kellie Payne Spencer | Operations Consultant, B.E. Smith | A Subsidiary of AMN Healthcare  
  • Allen Square | Chief Executive Officer, Square Button Consulting
  • Runiaja Vicksbrown | Workforce Development Specialist, Department of Children and Family Services
  • Rodney Wallis | Assistant Agent, Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union
  • Arlanda Williams | Vice Chancellor Workforce Development and Institutional Advancement, Delgado Community College
  • Allyson Wilson | President, CAG LLC
  • Connie Carlson | Center Director, New Orleans Job Corps
  • Angelle Havá  | Director Adult Education, Delgado Community College