Workforce Arizona Council







The Workforce Arizona Council is responsible for implementing the Governor’s strategic vision for a robust and effective workforce system in the State of Arizona. Consisting of industry leaders in private business, community and labor organizations, local and state government agencies, and members of the State’s legislature, the Council serves as a guiding force towards a stronger Arizona workforce and labor market. The Council receives its authority from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which was passed by the Federal legislature in 2014 by a large bipartisan majority. This act signaled a nationwide push to “put Americans back to work” and Arizona aims to be at the forefront of this enormous effort. By guiding and supporting the Arizona Workforce System in the implementation of Governor Doug Ducey’s vision for Arizona, the Workforce Arizona Council is helping to make a stronger Arizona.

The Workforce Arizona Council is comprised of four (4) standing committees and two (2) workgroups. The four committees and two workgroups are comprised of only members of the Council itself. The standing committees and workgroups are:

  • Performance Excellence Committee
  • Strategic Communications and Partnerships Committee
  • Quality Workforce Committee
  • Measuring Effectiveness Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Council Bylaws Workgroup
  • State Plan Workgroup

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Members of the Workforce Arizona Council are appointed by the Governor. The Council is comprised of industry leaders in private business, government, community-based organizations, and labor organizations. Governor Doug Ducey also sits on the Council, as do members of both houses of Arizona’s state legislature. Council membership requirements are spelled out in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

  • At least 51% of members are business owners, CEOs, or senior level executives 
  •  At least 2 members are representative of labor organizations in Arizona
  • At least 1 member is a representative of a registered apprenticeship program in Arizona
  • Core programs (such as adult education, training, career services, etc) are represented on the Council

This representation requirement is important to ensure that all facets of workforce development have a say on the Council. The Workforce Arizona Council is dedicated to meeting these federally mandated membership requirements.

Governor Doug Ducey
State of Arizona

Susan Anable
Cox Communications

Mark Gaspers
The Boeing Company

Todd Graver

Dawn Grove, Chair

Karsten Manufacturing

Alexander Horvath

Tucson Medical Center

Thomas Longstreth

Ventana Medical Systems

Larry Lucero

Tucson Electric Power

Stephen Macias

Pivot Manufacturing

Cecilia Mata

AllSource Global Management


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Randy Gibb

Grand Canyon University

Naomi Cramer

Banner Health

Robert Trenschel, DO

Yuma Regional Medical Center

Doug Yonko, Vice-Chair

Hensley Beverage Company

Dennis Anthony

Arizona Apprenticeship Advisory Committee

Glenn Hamer

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

David Martin

Arizona Association of General Contractors

Farrell Quinlan

National Federation of Independent Business

Supervisor Steve Chucri

Maricopa Board of Supervisors

Mayor Jim Lane

City of Scottsdale, AZ

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Sheryl Hart

Senator Kimberly Yee

Arizona State Senate

Rep. Vince Leach

Arizona House of Representatives

Thomas Winkel

Arizona Coalition for Military Families

Sheryl Hart

Arizona Department of Education (Designee for Superintendent Diane Douglas)

Michael Trailor

Arizona Department of Economic Security




Sandra Watson

Arizona Commerce Authority

Ashley Wilhelm

Workforce Arizona Council Manager




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The Workforce Arizona Council meets four (4) times per year, or once per quarter. The Council’s standing committees and Executive committee also meet about four (4) times per year, although they may meet more frequently depending on the work they are doing. The Council’s workgroups meet less frequently to discuss and advance their specific tasks.

Workforce Arizona Council meetings and Committee meetings are always open to the public and minutes from meetings are kept forever. Below is a listing of the most recent meetings with links to download minutes, meeting agendas, and any other documents set before the Council or its committees.

There is also a document archive below that contains Council/Committee documents for past years. Meeting documents for the Bylaws Workgroup and the State Plan Workgroup are included in the Archive


Upcoming 2019 Workforce Arizona Council Meetings

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 


Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Agenda and Draft Minutes

Location: Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Salon IV, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Agenda and Minutes

Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Workforce Leaders Convening: Friday, November 2, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Agenda

Location: Hensley Beverage Company, 4201 N. 45th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85031

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  - Agenda and Minutes

*Location: Arizona Department of Administration, 100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Agenda and Minutes

*Location:  Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington St, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Agenda and Minutes

*Location:  Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington St, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Agenda and Minutes

*Location:  Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ  85007 

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes

*Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007



Strategic Communications and Partnerships Committee 2018 Committee Charter

Monday, October 22, 2018 - Agenda and Draft Minutes

Monday, April 23, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Friday, February 2, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Monday, October 23, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes

Friday, July 21, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes


Measuring Effectiveness Committee 2018 Committee Charter

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 - Agenda and Draft Minutes

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Agenda Minutes

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes


Performance Excellence Committee 2018 Committee Charter

Tuesday, February 12, 2019Agenda

Tuesday, November, 13, 2018, Agenda and Draft Minutes

Friday, April 20, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday, November 14, 2017Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (Compliance Policy Review Workgroup) - Agenda

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes


Quality Workforce Committee 2018 Committee Charter

Wednesday, October 10, 2018Agenda and Draft Minutes

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Agenda and Minutes

Wednesday, Novermber 8, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes


Executive Committee 

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Agenda and Draft Minutes

Thursday, August 16, 2018Agenda and Minutes

Thursday, May 15, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Agenda and Minutes

Monday, November 20, 2017 - Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Agenda (Revised)Minutes


State Plan Task Force

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Agenda and Draft Minutes



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Policies, Reports, and Resources

Council Documents

Workforce Arizona Council Bylaws - The Workforce Arizona Council bylaws are set of rules created by and adopted by the Council to govern itself. The bylaws document includes sections on how the Council was created and how it derives its authority, its primary roles and responsibilities, membership requirements, meeting operations guidelines, and conflict of interest policies, among others. The Council Bylaws workgroup reviews the bylaws annually. Most of the Council’s bylaws, such as membership requirements, are pulled directly from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and are required rules.

Communication Plan

Annual Report - The Workforce Arizona Council Annual Report is a comprehensive, Council-wide, inclusive report that illustrates the Council's activities for a prior year. The Annual Report, prepared by Council Staff, shows the effectiveness of the Council and provides data from other system stakeholders. 

State Plan - 2018 Modifications

State Plan Executive Overview

Revised Organizational Chart

Council Resources

Workforce Arizona Council Overview (Presentation) - "Prezi" presenation that provides a more in-depth overview of the Workforce Arizona Council, including history, structure, mission, and information on how the Council partners with others to accomplish its goals. Includes a list of Council members. 

Workforce Arizona Council Synopsis - .PDF document that provides a high-level summary of the Workforce Arizona Council, its roles, and its relationship with local workforce development boards. This document includes a list of Council members. 

Project: Arizona Advanced Technology Corridor (AATC) - The AATC is an innovative partnership between three Community Colleges to develop and implement a uniform manufacturing curriculum in the Southeastern portion of the State. This project has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council. 

Project: Roadmap to Veteran Employment - The Roadmap to Veteran Employment is a broad-scale project overseen by the Arizona Coalition for Military Families that provides a strucutred approach to veteran hiring and retention with a focus on the job-seeker, the employer, employment service organizations, and the community. This project has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council. 

Project: Arizona Career Readiness Credential (ACRC) - The ACRC is a a certificate-granting program that validates an individual's mastery of seven core skill areas by providing a comprehensive training and credentialing opportunity to those individuals through one-stop career centers. This program has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council. 

Project: Arizona Management System (AMS) - AMS is aa professional, results-driven management system that focuses on customer value and vital mission outcomes for citizens. The system is Lean-based and focuses on customer value, continuous improvement, and enaged employees to improve productivity, quality, and service. Click here for more information on AMS. This state-wide initiative has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council.

Project: SkillBridge - SkillBridge is a US Department of Defense authorized project that allows service members in their last six months before miliary separtion to participate in the civilian workforce in an internship or pre-apprenticeship. There is no cost to a civilian employer to participate in this program as the service member continues to receive their pay from the Department. of Defense. This project has not received an official endorsement from the Workforce Arizona Council. 

ProjectMaryvale Workforce Initiative- This Public-Private Partnership facilitates economic growth in the Maryvale Village in West Phoenix. The project aims to leverage the resources and strengths of the partners and focus those strengths into the Maryvale area to combat the area's exceedingly high unemployment. Maryvale project partners include educational entities, area businesses, and community organizations. This initiative has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council.


01 WIOA Local Governance Policy Approved

02 [email protected] Job Center Vision for One Stop Delivery System Policy Approved

03 [email protected] Job Center Structure of One Stop Delivery System Policy Approved

04 [email protected] Job Center One Stop Center Operator Selection Policy Approved

05 [email protected] Job Center MOU and Infrastructure Costs Policy Revised

06 Certification of [email protected] Job Center Policy  Approved

07 [email protected] WIOA Statewide Monitoring Policy Approved


Public Notices

NOTICE: MOHAVE/LA PAZ Local Plan Modification: Public Comment closes 2/8/2019

NOTICE: Request for Proposals(RFP): Pinal County Local Workforce Development Board is looking for a qualified provider to serve as the One Stop Operator for Pinal County under the direction of the Pinal County Local Workforce Development Board (PCLWDB) and its staff. To access the RFP solicitation please click here 






Additional Resources

Crosswalk for Revised Policies

Department of Labor WIOA Training & Employment Guidance Letters (TEGLs)

One-Stop Operations Guidance  TEGL

Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators TEGL

Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under WIOA TEGL

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