Local Board - City of Phoenix

Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board


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The City of Phoenix Local Workforce Development Area Plan was available for public comment through November 14, 2018.  

Mission:  The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board serves as a catalyst, identifying and addressing the evolving business needs of Greater Phoenix by convening partners to provide customer-centric solutions and resources which offer employers access to a skilled workforce.

Vision:  Businesses will have access to world-class talent through a comprehensive, seamless system of partners that positions Phoenix as a global leader for economic growth.


The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board (PBWDB) a local workforce development board, approved by the State of Arizona and charged with providing strategic guidance and direction for federal, state, and local workforce development funds and programs. The PBWDB oversees a network of public and private partners, to coordinate a cohesive strategy for talent development within the city.

Roles and Responsibilities 

In accordance with the requirements of WIOA, the PBWDB, in partnership with the Mayor and City Council of the City of Phoenix, shall perform those functions necessary and appropriate to implement the WIOA including the areas responsible such as setting policy and direction, and oversight of employment and training programs.  In performing the functions listed below, the PBWDB shall submit its decisions to the Mayor and City Council for their approval. The functions to be performed as a part of this partnership are not limited to the following:

  • Develop a local plan for submission to the Governor;
  • Conduct workforce research and regional labor market analyses of the economic conditions in the region including the collection of research and data;
  • Convene, broker, and leverage workforce system stakeholders to assist in the development of the local plan;
  • Lead efforts to engage with a diverse range of employers and with entities in the region involved;
  • Lead efforts in the local area to develop and implement career pathways;
  • Identify and promote proven and promising strategies and initiatives for meeting the needs of employers, workers and jobseekers;
  • Develop strategies for using technology to maximize the workforce system;
  • Conduct oversight for the local workforce system and ensure appropriate use and management of funds for workforce activities;
  • Negotiate and reach agreement on local performance accountability measures;
  • Designate or certify one-stop operators and youth providers, and terminate for cause the eligibility of such operators;
  • Enhance coordination of education and training providers in the local area;
  • Develop a budget for the activities of the local area consistent with the local plan, subject to the approval of the chief elected official; and
  • Annually assess the physical and programmatic accessibility of one-stop centers in accordance with applicable laws.

Meet the Board


Nick De Porter











Nick DePorter, Chair


Sr. U.S. Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager, LinkedIn

Nick DePorter’s professional experience includes government affairs, higher education leadership and
community development. Nick is the Sr. U.S. Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager at LinkedIn.
He is responsible for partnering with policymakers and other community stakeholders to create
economic opportunity for every member of the workforce.

Nick has served as an elected Councilmember for the Town of Fountain Hills, AZ since 2014. In addition,
he serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments – Regional Council Board, the Arizona State
University - Career and Professional Development Services Advisory Board and as Chair of the City of
Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board. Nick holds a BA in Political Science and a Master
of Public Administration (MPA) from Arizona State University.

Audrey Bohanan









Audrey Bohanan, Vice-Chair

Business - Health Care

Chief People Officer, Adelante Healthcare

Ms. Bohanan was privileged to join the Workforce Development Board in January of 2015.  She is currently the Chief People Officer Adelante Healthcare a Federally Qualified Community Health Center with 9 Health Centers  serving patients in Maricopa County. In this role she oversees all human resources functions for the organization. Her areas of responsibility include  recruitment , benefits, compensation, employee relations, training and employee development. Mrs. Bohanan received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and a Masters of Human Resources from Keller Graduate School of Management in Phoenix, AZ. She is a results-oriented Human Resource professional with extensive experience in the Employee Benefits Health Care industry. Prior to joining Adelante Healthcare she held leadership roles at Go Daddy and CIGNA Healthcare. Ms. Bohanan served in a variety of Director level roles from National Accounts, Quality, Customer Advocacy and Employee Benefits. These roles have strengthened her commitment to the health and wellness, recruitment, retention development of the workforce in the community we serve.

Derek Anderson









Derek Anderson


Executive Director of HR-Community Delivery, Banner Health

Derek Anderson currently serves as the Sr Director of Recruitment at Banner Health.   He has been in his current role for 2 years, and possesses over 12 years of Human Resources Leadership Experience throughout his career.  Prior to working at Banner, Derek spent 10 years with Target Corporation, most recently as an HR Director.  He is a native to Arizona, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Arizona State University.  

Daniel Barajas

Community College

Director, Industry Partnerships, Maricopa County Community Colleges

Daniel Barajas comes to the Maricopa County Community Colleges District from Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona where he was most recently the Dean of Career and Technical Education for his last seven years there - leading occupational academic programming, continuing education & workforce development, and academic support services.  Daniel spent nearly fourteen years at AWC during which time he was also an Associate Dean for Community and Educational Partnership, marrying educational opportunity to business and workforce need.  Daniel also spent nearly ten years in the Pima Community College system where he worked for the Center for Training and Development, along with other roles in the Student Services area.

In total Daniel brings twenty four years of post-secondary experience to job, collaborating with secondary, university, business and industry partners - in addition to economic development and one-stop systems. Daniel's formal education consists of an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Master's degree in post-secondary Educational Administration.  Daniel also brings State leadership experience through a diversity of roles, and has formerly served as the President of the Arizona Occupational Administrators Council (AOAC).

Since joining the Maricopa County Community Colleges District as the District Director for Community Partnership and Workforce Development in April of 2016, he has enjoyed affiliation with regional education and business and industry partners, with a recent appointment as Board Member for the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board. 










Nick Bielinski

Business - Information Technology

Direct Placement Services Manager, TEKsystems

Nicholas Bielinski currently serves as the Direct Placement Service Manager and Veteran Lead for the West & NW Region for TEKsystems. Prior to TEKsystems, he served in the United States Air Force as an Information Security Analyst within the National Security Agency. After the service he completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, which he also served as the President of the Student Veterans Association. Now with TEKsystems he partners with companies in the Phoenix Market focused on Technology Delivery, Services and Training. In addition, he focus’ on Diversity & Inclusion for TEKsystems and involved with various veteran programs like the Pat Tillman Foundation here in Phoenix for TEKsystems.

Susan Ciardullo Headshot


Susan Cardillo

Small Business

Corporate Director of Community Outreach, Ultrasound Institute Medical Group and West Coast Ultrasound Institute 


Susan Ciardullo is Corporate Director of Community Outreach for the Ultrasound Institute Medical Group and West Coast Ultrasound Institute.   Between the two organizations she represents three college campuses and three low cost community clinics in California and Arizona, offering degrees in medical imaging and nursing and medical imaging services to the community.   She is proud to represent small business as a member of the City of Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board.


In addition to her work on the PWBDB Business Engagement committee, Susan represents the healthcare industry and the postsecondary education industry in several capacities.    She is a Commissioner and Chair of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education.   She represents Veteran Supportive Campuses on the Advisory Board to the Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services.  She participates in the Phoenix Health Care Sector Partnership.   Finally she serves on the planning committee for the WIOA Training EXPO as President of the Arizona Private School Association's Board of Directors.   


Susan has a Masters in Business Administration from Marquette University.

Andres Contreras











Andres Contreras

Community Based Organization

Vice President, Acquisition and Development, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

Andres L. Contreras currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Social Services & Education and have direct oversight of Migrant and Seasonal Headstart/ EHS, Community Schools, Housing Counseling and Family Empowerment Services. Mr. Contreras possesses over 23 years of community focused non-profit and for profit program experience. He has worked with a variety of entities including schools, businesses, other nonprofit organizations, as well as local, state and federal government. His experience includes extensive involvement in strategic planning and program development in the areas of prevention, workforce develop-ment, elderly services, behavioral health, housing, child & family welfare, immigration ser-vices, emergency assistance, human resource, commercial development and acquisition provid-ing direct services and overall program over sight and leadership. Mr. Contreras has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix and Master in Business Administration Degree from the Ken Blanchard School of Business at Grand Canyon University.

Jan Davis

Jan Davis

Vocational Rehabilitation

Assistant Program Manager, AZ Dept. of Economic Security
Dept. of Employment and Rehabilitation

Jan Davis is the Title IV, Vocational Rehabilitation, Core Partner Board Member.  Jan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, concentration in deviance and statistical inference, from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and also completed her Master’s in Education, Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on employment, business and industry, at the same institution.


Jan has almost 10 years in employment and training programs in Rhode Island and Michigan, and then focused her employment on employment and training for special needs populations after completing her Master’s Degree.  She has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Missouri, Iowa and Arizona, and moved into supervision in Iowa for almost 20 years, before relocating to Arizona where she is currently Region 1 Program Manager for Arizona Rehabilitation Services.


Jan served as a charter member to the Regional Workforce Board in Iowa, and is honored to now serve the City of Phoenix Workforce Development Board.

Lisa Elowson








Lisa Elowson


Chief People Officer for Bayless Integrated Healthcare

Lisa is a recognized executive business leader who has been wildly successful at building world-class people organizations. Lisa has held leadership positions in a variety of industries, inclusive of healthcare, professional services, transportation and television and had her own consulting firm for nine years, assisting companies with strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, off-shoring efforts and organizational development endeavors.

Lisa Elowson has her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota, where she graduated with honors with a dual degree in communications and philosophy of applied ethics. She obtained her Master of Human Resources Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and later, her Six Sigma green belt certification. Lisa served on the Board of Directors for her local Society of Human Resources Management chapter for many years, and later became the legislative chair for the Arizona State Council, wherein she spoke in Washington D.C. on Arizona employment law issues. Ms. Elowson is also a published author and blogger, and is frequently tapped to speak at HR conferences, sharing her many HR experiences and adventures.

Ali Gamero-Hernandez











Ali Gamero-Hernandez

 Employment Services

Phoenix Area Manager, AZ Dept. of Economic Security
Dept. of Employment and Rehabilitation

Ali Gamero-Hernandez serves as Program Manager with the Department of Economic Security, Reemployment Assistance Administration. Ali has oversight of the Title III Employment Service program supporting a variety of employment related activities including Veteran services and reemployment services to unemployment insurance claimants. In addition to serving the workforce and business community, she stays busy enjoying time with her husband and two children. Ali earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Grand Canyon University.











Michael Hale

Business - Financial Services

EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Arizona Federal Credit Union

Michael Hale has been with the Arizona Federal Credit Union for 10 years.  In his current capacity, as the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, he is no stranger to strategizing the credit union advance as he previously served in various leadership capacities since 1975, including President and CEO of Andrews Federal Credit Union for over 12 years.  Mr. Hale’s hard work has been recognized numerous times in the industry as he has received many accolades and recognition in the community including a Bronze Star while serving in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Hale has a degree in Business Management and serves on many community organizations and professional boards and commissions.  He has been honored with a Scholarship in his name “The Michael Hale Scholarship- Leader, Mentor, & Friend” by the 100 Black Men of Phoenix and the Arizona Federal Credit Union.

“It is an honor to be a member of the PBWD Board in service to the community that I live and work in. I aspire to add to the Valley’s destiny of becoming a mecca for attracting, enhancing and retaining an increasingly productive workforce.  This will in turn attract more new business to the Valley and increase the commitment of our current businesses.   I’m confident that we can do this ethically, timely in a mutually beneficial way for our local constituencies (workforce, families business and government).”          –Michael Hale


Travis Hardin











Travis Hardin


 Communications Consultant, Wells Fargo

Travis Hardin is a native of Columbia, TN., and a Communications Consultant /Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank & Co. With more than 15 years of leadership experience, learning and sales development Travis continues to implement and execute initiatives which meet the needs of the community. Travis believes he is best served by not sitting back and counting his blessings but by sharing them. Travis lives in Laveen with his wife Sharkea and their daughter Nia. He received a BA from Aquinas College. Travis was elected to the Board in 2013.

Delbert Hawk








Delbert Hawk


President, IBEW Local Union 640

Delbert Hawk currently serves as the President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 640 in addition to being the Chairman and Labor Trustee at the Phoenix Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

Delbert began his career as a Union electrician when he joined the Phoenix Electrical Apprenticeship program through I.B.E.W. Local 640. He graduated from the five year apprenticeship program in 2004 to become a Journeyman Wireman.  Soon after, he started working in the field and was quickly appointed as a Foreman, working for multiple contractors on high profile jobs here in Arizona, such as, Intel and APS.  In addition, he also spent two years teaching first and third year students enrolled in the I.B.E.W. Apprenticeship program.

In 2013, he was brought into the Local Union 640 Business Office as a Business Development Representative, and shortly thereafter, elected as the Local Union President in 2014.

Delbert was appointed as the State Political Coordinator for the I.B.E.W. 7th District in 2015, increasing his involvement in political events and activities. Other appointments include serving as a Trustee for the Local 640 Health and Welfare Fund and Pension Fund, plus several other State and Municipal affiliations such as: Arizona Town Hall, Alliance for Construction, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Technology Council, just to name a few.

Delbert stays very active in the community and business sector, promoting the I.B.E.W. Apprenticeship  program and educating non-signatory  contractors  and workers about the benefits of becoming a member of the I.B.E.W.

Fred Ingersoll












Fred Ingersoll 


Chief Executive Officer, TC Enterprise, LLC


Fred Ingersoll is an outstanding Learning & Development (L & D) leader who is able to work closely and interact at various organizational levels. Fred is responsible for the development and delivery of high-quality training programs and learning opportunities across organizations, as well as partnering with managers and their teams to create long-term employee career and learning paths. Ultimately, Fred is responsible to ensure that companies keep their promise to develop and train its employees continuously throughout their careers while nurturing the company's cultural principles. This includes but is not limited to onboarding of new hires, integration of acquired workforces, technical training, management training, coaching, organizational development and effectiveness, and teambuilding. Fred is a strong leader, facilitator, communicator, exceptionally well organized, and effectively engaging with diverse audiences.

Michelle Jameson











Michelle Jameson

Labor- Veterans U.S. Vets - Phoenix - Director

Michelle is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS-Phoenix, a national leader in providing housing, employment and other critical services to veterans, in this position, she oversees the agency’s fiscal and program operations.  As a daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, Michelle understands the need and importance to provide a variety of supportive programs for veterans to ensure a successful and supportive integration into civilian life.  Michelle has extensive experience in executive-level management, non-profits and education.  She has served on a numerous boards working in support of homelessness, education, advocacy and employment.

Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and obtains an Arizona Principal Certification.  In her career she has worked as an Education Division Social Services Manager, a School Administrator where she was responsible for development, design and oversight of multiple school programs. Her other positions held include being a Biology & Physical Science Teacher, an Adult Basic Education Instructor and a Training Facilitator for the Family Literacy Network. Michelle currently is a Board Member on the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board and is an active member of the following committees:  Maricopa Continuum of Care Committee, Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness Legislative Advocacy and the Unified Arizona Veterans.  









Jeff Kulaga


Director of Business Development and Employer Relations

Jeff Kulaga was unanimously appointed Town Manager / Clerk for the Town of Guadalupe, Arizona on September 28, 2017.  He also serves as the Town’s Zoning Administrator, Business License Administrator, Cemetery Administrator and Community Development Director.  He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Town, implementing Town Council policy and overseeing the $11.8M annual budget.  He has more than 30 years of Arizona municipal government experience, previously serving as Assistant City Manager in Tempe for 9 years and multiple roles in Mesa and Scottsdale, including Government Relations Director and Executive Assistant to the Mayor.


Kulaga is a double Devil earning his Bachelor of Science Degree and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University.  He is a member of the Arizona City and County Management Association and the Arizona Municipal Clerks Association.  He is a lifetime member of the Arizona State University Alumni Association and is mentor in the Arizona State University,  Student Athletes Mentorship Program.  He presently serves as Vice Chairman of the City of Phoenix, Arizona at Works Board, Workforce Development Committee.

Jesus Love Adult Basic Education Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa

Janice Mrkonjic







Janice Mrkonjic

Higher Education

Director of Corporate Partnerships with Maricopa Corporate College


Janice Mrkonjic is a Director of Corporate Partnerships with Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) which was established by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) to deliver high-impact training and development solutions for business, industry associations, and government. She is passionate about elevating workforce and economic development initiatives through education and professional development programs synchronized with recruiting, retaining, and retraining strategies led by HR professionals for business success.  


Drawing on leadership roles from her diverse career background with business, academia, and nonprofits, she helps others succeed as they embrace challenges, develop their strengths, and build resilience to achieve their potential. Her credentials include a M.Ed. in adult education and eLearning coupled with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.


Janice is honored to represent Higher Education on the City of Phoenix Business and Workforce Development (PBWD) Board and will continue to serve on the Business Engagement Committee.  She also serves on the SHRM Greater Phoenix Chapter Board as Chair of Community Partnership Committee.


Beth Salazar











Beth Salazar

Business - Small Business

Non-Profit Managment Resource Development

Beth Salazar, Principal, Salazar Resource Development, works with non-profits of all sizes to expand their capacity for resource development through innovative program design and creative financial development.  In her 30 year career with YMCAs throughout the United States she was well known for her ability build strong boards and outstanding staff teams.  She is the treasurer for Planned Giving Round Table of AZ, has served as a volunteer mentor and guest presenter for the Arizona Community Foundation Endowment Building Initiative and currently shares her talents with SARRC, as their Planned Giving Manager.

Bethany Woodard








Bethany Woodard

Business - Human Resources

HR Consultant/Founder


Bethany Woodard has worked informally in partnership with the City of Phoenix in previous years and was honored to join the Workforce Development Board in late 2017. She is currently the Founder of The MADDOX Group, an independent consulting firm focused on HR, culture and corporate social responsibility as well as a full time Community Engagement Leader for Thrivent Financial. In both of these roles, she has the ability to bridge together community partners, nonprofit organizations and members of the public to align their personal and corporate visions to their social missions in order to create more thoughtful and intentional impact. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arizona State University and has pursued graduate studies and professional development from The University of Phoenix and Stanford Center for Professional Development in the areas of Organizational Development, Innovation, Emotional Intelligence and Compassion Research.


As a partner of the Global Charter for Compassion, founded by Karen Armstrong and awarded by TED, Bethany is a part of a global mission to create more awareness and education to the public on compassionate action in the community for the advancement of society. She has worked to develop relationships with several private corporations and public foundations to collaborate and advise on sustainable solutions to ending poverty and increasing workforce and educational opportunities to Arizona's most vulnerable populations.


Meetings PY 2018-2019

Click here for a downloadable calendar for 2018.  Click on "Committee Meetings" after being redirected by the link to view the calendar.

Click here for a downloadable calendar for Calendar Year 2019

Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board:

8:30am @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Executive Leadership Committee:

8:30am @ Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington, 20th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Service Delivery Committee:

10:45am @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Continuous Improvement Committee:

4:00pm @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Advancing Youth Workforce Committee:

8:30am @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Business Engagement Committee:

9:00am @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl, Phoenix, AZ 85003

For previous program year meeting minutes, please visit the City Clerk's website and conduct a public records search at: https://www.phoenix.gov/cityclerk/services/public-records-search.https://www.phoenix.gov/cityclerk/services/public-records-search.

Workforce Arizona Council

The Workforce Arizona Council (Council) is the advisory board to the Governor on workforce matters. Appointed by Governor Ducey pursuant to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Council is comprised of leaders representing private business, labor, community-based organizations, the Arizona Legislature, local government and state agencies. It is responsible for carrying out the Governor’s strategic vision for the state’s robust workforce system.

Workforce Arizona Council Meeting Dates/Times

Policies and Reports

PBWD Board Bylaws

2016-2020 Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board Strategic Plan

2016-2020 Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board Strategic Plan Executive Summary




Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Policies 

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