Santa Cruz Workforce Development Board of Directors

About the WDB Board of Directors

Comprised of local business leaders, educational leaders, elected officials, and community based organization leaders; the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board of Directors (WDB) oversees the services of Workforce Santa Cruz County. The WDB is dedicated to help Santa Cruz jobseekers access the tools they need to manage their careers and to help local employers find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed.

The WDB is responsible for providing oversight and policy direction for the utilization of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds in Santa Cruz County. The WDB is a majority business-led body, appointed by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. The WDB, whose composition is defined by the WIOA, includes 25 individuals representing business, one-stop partners, community-based organizations, local educational entities, economic development agencies, and labor.

Meet the Board of Directors

  • Alia Ayyad - Director, Center for Employment Training
  • Barbara Mason - Economic Development Coordinator, County of Santa Cruz
  • Candice Elliott - Principal Consultant, Fortress and Flourish
  • Carmen Herrera-Mansir - Executive Director, El Pajaro Community Development Corp.
  • Carol Siegel, Boardwalk Recruiter, Santa Cruz Seaside Company
  • Chris Miller - President, ScratchSpace Inc.
  • Christina Cuevas - Program Director, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz
  • Daniel Dodge Sr. - Executive Director, Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers (CCFT)
  • Dustin Vereker - Chief Beer Ambassador, Discretion Brewing Company
  • Elisa Orona - Executive Director, Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County
  • Elyse Destout - WDB Vice Chair - Owner, Photography by Elyse Destout
  • Glen Schaller - Political Coordinator, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Janet Nagamine - Owner, Hikari Farms, LLC.
  • Katie Setzler - Director of Human Resources, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Lamont Adams - Business Manager, IBEW, Local 234
  • Laura Holmquist-Gomez - Owner, Five Start Catering
  • Maria Elena De La Garza - Executive Director, Community Action Board
  • Marshall Delk - Vice President, Santa Cruz County Bank
  • Rob Morse, WDB Chair - Senior Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Sean Hebard - Field Representative, Carpenters Local 505
  • Shaz Roth - President/CEO, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Todd Livingstone - Assistant Director, Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education
  • Yuko Duckworth - Employment Program Manager, Employment Development Department

Become a Board Member

The Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County invites you to join other business and community leaders in an exciting opportunity for leadership and vision as we move into the new millennium.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act calls for communities to create dynamic Workforce Development Boards that will develop broad workforce development policies to meet the needs of local employers and the community in a new global economy. As a Workforce Development Board member, you will lead efforts to help our community develop a qualified workforce in Santa Cruz County.

In the Board's view, providing quality services to employers and individual customers is critical to the success and vitality of our local economy. Our mission is “Building economic prosperity through workforce development."

The Workforce Development Board Chair thanks you in advance for your interest in the Workforce Development Board. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted to discuss the activities of the Board and membership further.

Your participation will make this effort a success. In the meantime, if you would like more information, please contact the Workforce Development Board.