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Donald A. Bradburn
Donald A. Bradburn Regional Director of Workforce Planning and Development, Kaiser Permanente
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Donald (Don) A. Bradburn

Donald (Don) A. Bradburn currently serves as the Director, Workforce Planning and Development at Kaiser Permanente – Southern Region in Pasadena, California.  He began his career in public service as a Russian Linguist in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps in 1989.  Having served in Europe and the U.S., Don’s last assignment was the training manager for linguists at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School where he was responsible for curriculum development; workforce projections; training; and accreditation of linguist training programs. 

After being honorably discharged, he joined the County of San Diego in 2002 where he held various positions including the Director of Human Resources for the Health and Human Services Agency.  In 2012, Don served as the Director of Human Resources for SunLine Transit Agency for two years, before returning to county government as the Executive Director of Administration with the County of Riverside’s Health System. After an extensive career in public service focused on fiscal responsibility, innovation and employee engagement, he found a natural fit in private industry with Kaiser Permanente in 2018. 

At Kaiser Permanente, Don combines his passion to plan, focus and develop a diverse workforce for the future with his belief that every community should have accessible, high-quality and affordable healthcare. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Don currently serves as a member of the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board.  He also and as a trustee of the Services Employee International Union – United Health Workers West Joint Employer Education Fund and the Shirley Ware Education Center.

Salvatrice Cummo
Salvatrice Cummo Executive Director, Pasadena City College Economic and Workforce Development
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Salvatrice Cummo

Salvatrice brings years of commercial, entrepreneurial, and big and small business experience to her role as Director of the Economic and Workforce Development department at Pasadena City College (PCC EWD). She builds on the many ‘business development best practice’ strategies she’s developed to engage both PCC’s teaching faculty and its neighboring businesses and industries in efforts to strengthen the regional and local economies. Her long-range vision sees PCC as the San Gabriel Valley’s premier workforce developer, trainer and supplier, providing the regional business and industrial community with the highly skilled workers it needs to grow and thrive.

Josh Davies
Josh Davies CEO, Center for Work Ethic Development
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Josh Davies

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. His engaging and connecting speaking style combined with relevant content make him an in-demand speaker, giving more than 75 keynote presentations and workshops to education, workforce, and corporate events annually. For the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Josh led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.

Davies is currently the CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing workplace skills in the global workforce. Partnering with organizations in all 50 states and 6 countries, they equip trainers and teachers to build the workforce of the 21st Century. A graduate of American University, Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He finished serving his second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he chaired the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also led the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado and served on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. In addition to his work in the public sector, Josh also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.

Tamar Jacoby
Tamar Jacoby President and CEO, Opportunity America
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Salvatrice Cummo

Tamar Jacoby is president of Opportunity America, a Washington-based nonprofit working to promote economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans.

A former journalist and author, she was a senior writer and justice editor at Newsweek and, before that, the deputy editor of The New York Times op-ed page.

Her articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Weekly Standard and Foreign Affairs, among other publications.

She is the author of “Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration.” Her edited volumes include “Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means To Be American” and “This Way Up: New Thinking About Poverty and Economic Mobility.”

Dr. Erica Jacquez
Dr. Erica Jacquez Executive Director External and Government Affairs, Verizon
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Dr. Erica Jacquez 

Dr. Erica Jacquez is an accomplished government relations expert with more than 20 years of experience.  She is currently the Executive Director of Government and External Affairs at Verizon.  Previously she served as a Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles’ Civil Service Department and CEO of E3 Legislative Strategies, a government relations firm focusing on winning legislative strategies for local, state and federal policies.  Also, she was the Executive in Charge of Government Affairs at the Directors Guild of America, responsible for the Guild’s federal legislative and governmental work. As such, she served as an advocate for its members on key issues, such as intellectual property, copyright, and anti-piracy protection. Prior to working with the Guild, she worked in various federal, state and local government relations roles. As the Associate Vice President of Government Affairs for AltaMed Health Services, she managed and directed a government relations team that oversaw budget and strategic planning and partnerships, coordinated policy research, and developed legislative analysis at the local, state and federal levels. At the federal level, she was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2010 to serve as the Intergovernmental/Congressional Affairs and Public Engagement Liaison between the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Congress and the public nationwide. She later served as a Legislative Analyst in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget’s Legislative Affairs, where she was the Lead Coordinator for President Obama’s Statements of Administration Policy. At the local level, she worked for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina as the 1st District Field and Unincorporated Services Director. In this capacity, she was Molina’s main community liaison. She also held leadership roles in the California State Senate and the Southern California Gas Company.  In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to the City of Los Angeles’ Housing Authority and Health Commissions.  She also serves as a board member of the HONOR PAC and Latinas Leads California PAC. Her accolades include being selected among Huffington Post’s 40 under 40: Latinos in American Politics in 2014. Erica earned a doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development and a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Political Management, both from the University of Southern California. She also is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Leadership Program and the Center for Creative Leadership.    

 
Philip June
Philip June Director of Engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA)
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Philip June

Philip June is the Director of Engineering for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) Engineering Design Center in Southern California and leader for Boeing Global Services’ (BGS) Commercial Modifications and Conversions Engineering team.  

He is responsible for the core BCA Engineering organization, and is the Engineering skill leader in Southern California for the team designing and developing commercial airplane programs. In his BGS role, June leads the team supporting the conversion of airplanes in the Boeing commercial fleet to cargo configurations. He is also site leader for the Boeing facility in Long Beach.  

Prior to his current role, June led a team developing new design and build approaches for composite structures. In earlier assignments, he was the director and program manager for the Boeing Converted Freighter program, where he oversaw the profitability and execution of the 737BCF and 767BCF and licensing for third-party freighter conversions. June also was a senior structures manager in Customer Support Engineering for twin-aisle airplanes, ensuring the rapid support of the global twin-aisle fleet. 

June began his Boeing career in 2006 in Philadelphia as a structural analyst on the CH-47 Chinook program. He also worked on various programs and platforms including Rotorcraft, Space Shuttle, and 747-8. After leaving Philadelphia, June worked in South Carolina as the Stress Liaison engineering leader for the mid and aft sections of the 787. He later moved to Italy to lead a cross-functional engineering team supporting partners producing the mid-body fuselage, as well as the empennage for the 787. 
 
Reg Javier
Reg Javier Executive Director, California Employment Training Panel
 
Dr. Darlene G. Miller
Dr. Darlene G. Miller Executive Director, National Council for Workforce Education
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Darlene G. Miller, Ed.D.

Darlene G. Miller, Ed.D., has served as the Executive Director of the National Council for Workforce Education since 2010.  Dr. Miller has over 25 years' experience working in community colleges with expertise both as a faculty member and as an administrator in workforce and economic development. Prior to joining NCWE, she served as President of Manchester Community College (MCC) in New Hampshire.

Dr. Miller has served a number of national initiatives as a Technical Assistance Provider, Coach, and Leadership Development Expert including: Accelerating Opportunities, Building Community Partnerships to Serve Immigrant Workers, Breaking Through, Gulf Coast IT TAACCCT Grant, Wisconsin Technical College System Career Pathways Initiative, and several others. Currently, Dr. Miller serves as the Project Director and Lead Faculty for the NCWE New Workforce Professionals Academy.

Dr. Miller started in higher education as a faculty member at Vermont Technical College teaching mathematics, computer science, and engineering. She moved into academic administration in 1994 as Dean of Business, Math, and Technology at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH.  Additionally, she served four years as Executive Dean of Workforce Education at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA. Dr. Miller has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a Doctorate in Higher Education, Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

Clayton Pryor
Clayton Pryor Director of Workforce Development for Advocate Aurora Health,
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Clayton Pryor

Clayton Pryor serves as the Director of Workforce Development for Advocate Aurora Health, the 9th largest integrated healthcare system in the US-based in Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Since 2015, he has been able to carry out his passion for job creation, neighborhood revitalization and building sustainable communities in this role. He manages a multi-million- dollar portfolio dedicated to creating a pipeline of prepared candidates into the healthcare industry by offering job skills and training in underserved communities. In addition, provides oversight to college & university partnerships, internships, education assistance and an internal frontline workforce development program, NAVIGATE.

Prior to joining Advocate, Clayton served as the Director of Workforce Development in the non- profit sector, at a community-based organization. In this role, he managed empowerment programs that provided employment and educational training opportunities to disenfranchised adults and families living in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Clayton received his BS in Business Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Public Policy Administration from Lewis University.

  
Jesus Roman
Jesus Roman Associate General Counsel and VP of Government Affairs, Verizon
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Jesús G. Román 

Jesús G. Román serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for Verizon for Southern California.  He also is Chief Legislative and Regulatory Counsel with responsibility over proceedings at the Public Utilities Commissions and Legislatures in West area states.  Jesús works to promote widespread deployment of advanced wireless and 5G connectivity, with a strong commitment to digital equity and diversity. Jesús coordinates the development of policy positions on a range of issues, including public safety, resiliency, consumer protection and climate protection.  He also helps create the space for entrepreneurs to develop apps that people can use to make their lives better.  Additionally, Jesús and his team lead Latino engagement throughout Southern California ensuring the community is represented. 

While at Verizon, Jesús has worked on some of the company’s most notable endeavors including, the launch of Verizon FiOS Fiber-Optic Network, the implementation and expansion of 4G LTE, Verizon’s acquisition of strategic assets and the deployment of 5G across California. 

Prior to joining Verizon in 2003, Jesús started his legal career at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and subsequently worked at a law firm in Puerto Rico for nearly three years where he discovered and honed his passion for telecom law. 

He obtained his legal degree in 1993 from the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt School of Law, where he was a member of the California Law Review.  He received a Master in Public Affairs, with an emphasis on Domestic Policy, from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA.  

Jesús is licensed to practice law in California, Puerto Rico and various federal courts.  A firm believer in opening doors for others, he has served on boards including, the Western Region Puerto Rican Council, the San Francisco School Volunteers, La Raza Centro Legal, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the UCLA Alumni Association’s Scholarship Program, among others. 

He is happily married to Ronda Román and they have an 11-year old daughter, Mía Paz. 

 
Ramona Schindelheim
Ramona Schindelheim Editor-in-Chief, Working Nation
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Ramona Schindelheim

Ramona Schindelheim oversees the editorial content for WorkingNation, a nonprofit media company focused on the future of work. She writes regularly about the urgent need to train or reskill all workers for jobs being changed, or created, by rapidly-evolving technology, now and in the future. Schindelheim examines all aspects of workforce disruption, including the impact of new tech on mid-career and older workers. She has moderated panels at major conferences and has been interviewed by broadcast and print news outlets about the subjects. Additionally, she is the host and executive producer of Work in Progress, a WorkingNation podcast.

Schindelheim is a veteran journalist who has worked for CNBC, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal and various other news outlets. As an executive producer with CNBC, she guided three daily business news shows and oversaw special projects. At ABC News, Ramona led business coverage of such major events as 9/11, the Enron scandal, and the housing-market collapse. At the Wall Street Journal, she was executive producer for the newspaper’s first digital documentaries, which included her interviews with financial leaders and policymakers.

Schindelheim has won numerous awards for journalism, including Emmys, Peabodys, duPonts and Golden Mics.

 
D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D.
D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D. Executive Director/Founder at the Social Justice Learning Institute
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D’Artagnan Scorza

Dr. Scorza believes that education can be used as a tool for civic and social empowerment in order to advance justice in communities. His work has centered on building leaders who fight for equity in schools and communities while currently serving as the Executive Director and Founder of the Social Justice Learning Institute and President of the Board of Education for Inglewood Unified School District. He also serves as a lecturer in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, is a UC Regent Emeritus and is the current President of the UCLA Alumni Association. In these roles, he helped pass policies that established veterans’ services centers and prioritized $160 million for student services across UC campuses. He also improved sustainability in Inglewood schools by helping to secure $90 million to support school construction efforts.

As a US Navy Iraq War Veteran, Dr. Scorza believes that being a responsible leader means setting a strong personal example. Upon returning to his hometown of Inglewood from his tour in Iraq, he was eager to help youth in his community by expanding literacy programs, helping more teens to graduate high school and pursue higher education. Dr. Scorza created the Urban Scholars program to help train students to be social justice youth leaders while receiving opportunities for academic support, career pathway guidance, personal growth and college scholarships. Students who complete this program have a 95% graduation rate from high school, and 85% of those are successfully accepted into college. He also wrote and co-authored articles that focused on improving literacy practices for youth of color in urban communities.

For his work paving the way in advocacy, policy and philanthropy, he was recognized as one of the 40 Emerging Civic Leaders under 40 in 2018 and he received the UCLA Recent Graduate Achievement Award in 2016. He is an Education Pioneers Fellow and a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Fellow, working to end discrimination against people in rural and urban communities by supporting them in their endeavors to start businesses and buy homes. He also serves on the PATHS UP Advisory Board, supporting workforce development for innovative and cost-effective technologies that heal chronic diseases in underserved areas.

Dr. Scorza has been quoted multiple times in publications such as The New York Times, LA Times, ABC News and ESPN about his work, and has been featured in LA Magazine and Huffington Post, and on several podcasts. He is a regular speaker and presenter on topics including equipping leaders to return to their communities to serve, how to help communities thrive, and advancing racial and social justice. He and his family live in and serve in the community of Inglewood, Calif., and they enjoy taking family camping trips and spending time outdoors as often as possible.

Connect with D’Artagnan on UCLA ONE.

 
Sheneui Weber
Sheneui Weber Vice Chancellor, Economic and Workforce Development, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
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Sheneui Weber

Sheneui Weber is the Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, representing the largest and most diverse higher education system in the country with 116 colleges, serving over 2.1 million students.

Ms. Weber has more than 25 years of experience linking education and training to business and industry, with a focus on entrepreneurial growth, job creation and meeting the workforce training needs of industry. She launched and led a number of multi-million dollar initiatives serving small businesses and the community, including the Innovation Fund SoCal in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program with the Goldman Sachs Foundation; and the Los Angeles Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, serving Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

Her prior roles include Chief Operating Officer for the College Advancement & Economic Development Division at the Long Beach Community College District, where she was responsible for the district’s economic and workforce development programs, strategy and operations, and building numerous public-private partnerships; Director of On-Site Implementation for the Southwestern Division of Adecco Group North America, a Global Fortune 500 company and leader in Human Resources solutions, where she oversaw account implementations of numerous Fortune 500 company clients; and Director of the Software Engineering Forum for Training (SEFT), a unique training consortium of major aerospace companies that provided tailored training for software engineers and managers on software engineering process improvement and management practices, while at California State University, Long Beach.

Ms. Weber holds a Master’s in Telecommunication & Film from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Pacific Union College.