Local Board - City of Phoenix

Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board


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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 


Meet the Board


Travis Hardin, Chair


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.

Nick DePorter, Co-Chair


Senior Field Organizer, LinkedIn

Nick DePorter’s professional experience includes community relations, business development, strategic planning and higher education leadership. Nick currently works at LinkedIn serving as the Senior Field Organizer on the Policy and Government Relations team. Nick is responsible for partnering with companies, non-profits, education providers and governments to create economic opportunity for every member of the workforce.  Nick is also an elected Councilmember for the Town of Fountain Hills.

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

Business 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


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.

Audrey Bohanan

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.

Kelley Coats

Kelley Coats

Business - Large Public Utility Director of Customer Operations, APS

Kelley is the Director of Customer Operations. In this role, she has responsibility for the customer service operations organization, including overseeing the handling of customer inquiries and interactions in the contact center, business offices, email and automated phone system. Coats began her career at APS in 2005 as a Program Manager in the Marketing department taking on roles with increasing responsibilities before moving into Customer Operations in 2012.  Prior to joining APS, Kelley worked at Omaha Public Power District. She currently serves on the board of Waste Not in addition to sitting on the City of Phoenix Business and Workforce Board. Kelley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Arizona State 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 Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant Program Manager, AZ Dept. of Economic Security
Dept. of Employment and Rehabilitation

Rachel Galusha


Regional Recruitment Manager, Hyatt Hotels

Rachel grew up in Phoenix, moving here in 1976 when her dad took a position with AJ Bayless (now AJ's). She began her hospitality career 25 years ago as a server at Streets of New York on 44th Street and Camelback.  Her career with Hyatt Hotels began in 2007 with Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe at Lone Eagle Grille and she was promoted into Human Resources in 2012.  She returned to Phoenix in 2015 with Hyatt Regency Phoenix as the Recruitment Manager and now oversees Recruitment for Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Andaz Scottsdale and Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Rachel is proud of the relationships she has built over the past 3 years with State, County and City community partners and loves to share the Hyatt culture with anyone and everyone!

She joined PBWD Board in 2018 and is excited to share input on what is needed to have a successful hospitality career!

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.

Stacie Garlieb

Stacie Garlieb

Small Business 

President, Successful Impressions LLC

Stacie Garlieb is the President of Successful Impressions LLC which assists students and working professionals with career search skills and supports businesses with candidate recruitment.  She is a national speaker and author who has presented on various career skills topics at collegiate and community based events. In collaboration with businesses in various fields, she recruits at public and private universities as well as community career fairs.  Over more than twenty five years, she worked in Fortune 500 organizations after earning her BS from ASU.

Malcolm Green

Business Executive Director, Arizona Manufacturing Partnership, Inc.

Michael Hale


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


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.

Jeff Holly Labor SMART Local Union 359, Business Manager
Financial Secretary-Treasurer

Michelle Jameson

Michelle Jameson

Veteran Serving Organization
Older Workers
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

Higher Education Director of Business Development and Employer Relations
Jesus Love Adult Basic Education Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa

Beth Salazar

Beth Salazar


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.

Lorenzo Sierra

Lorenzo Sierra

Economic Development

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Lorenzo Sierra is an award-winning, marketing professional. He is also a member of the Avondale City Council. He is a consultant at Segal, a human resources consulting firm. Lorenzo is a dedicated community servant who sits on several boards, including:

*The Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee

*The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Lorenzo was named one of the 10 most influential minorities by the Phoenix Business Journal. He also made the Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list. Lorenzo is a graduate of Arizona State University.


Meetings PY 2017-2018

Full Board:

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

Executive Leadership Committee:

9am @ Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington Street, 20th Floor East

Meetings PY 2016-2017

Full Board
9 am @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl

Executive Leadership Committee
9 am @ Phoenix City Hall,  200 W. Washington, 20th Floor East

Meetings in 2018:

Click here for a downloadable calendar in PDF format

Meetings in 2017:

Continuous Improvement Committee: March 27, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18
12 pm @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl.

Business Engagement Committee: March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21
9 am @ The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N.1st Ave., 6th Fl.

Service Delivery Committee: March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, Decebmer 8
8:30 [email protected] The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave., 6th Fl

Advancing Youth Workforce: February 28, March 21, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28, December 26
8:30 am @ various meeting locations.

Click Here for a printable PDF of the Calendar.

Board Ambassador Activity Tracker

For Board members only.

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

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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