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Welcome to our new website! The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) is Rhode Island’s primary policy-making body on workforce development matters. We invest in the success of Rhode Island's People and Employers. The GWB helps Rhode Islanders find a job and build a career, while helping RI employers meet their demand for talent. We encourage you to explore the site to learn more about the range of services available to employers and workers alike. The GWB and our partners are here to help you. Thanks for visiting!

— Michael Grey
Governor’s Workforce Board RI

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Data and Performance

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Policy and Planning


Members are appointed by the Governor, with the advise and consent of the RI Senate, who selects a diverse group of individuals with demonstrated expertise in their fields. Private sector members comprise the majority. Other sectors represented are education, economic development, organized labor and community based organizations. The Directors of Human Services, Labor and Training and the Commissioner of Higher Education are members by virtue of the expertise their positions afford.

By-Laws Booklet, 2017

Mike Grey, Chair
Executive Committee
Vice President of Operations, North East Region, Sodexo School Services

Julian Alssid
Vice President of Workforce Development, CCRI

Paul Alvarez
Business Agent, UA Local 51

 Jordan Boslego

Managing Member, Sydney Providence and Quay

Mario Bueno
Executive Director, Progreso Latino

David Chenevert
Executive Director, RI Manufacturers Association

Robin Coia, Co-Chair
Career Pathways Advisory Committee
Administrator, N.E. Laborers Labor-Management Coop.Trust

Cathy Doyle
Executive Director, Year Up Providence

John C. Gregory, Chair
Strategic Investments and Evaluation Committee
President and CEO, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce

Courtney Hawkins
Director, RI Department of Human Services

Scott Jensen
Director, RI Department of Labor and Training

Steven Kitchin
Chair, Workforce Partnership of Greater RI

Paul MacDonald
President, Providence Central Federated Council

George Nee
President, Rhode Island AFL-CIO

Katelyn Pisano, Co-Chair
Education and Employment Advisory Committee
Training and Development Manager, Kenzan

Stephanie Preston
Chief of Staff, Risk Architecture, Citizens Bank

Debbie Proffitt, Co-Chair
Career Pathways Advisory Committee
Vice President, Defense Division, PURVIS Systems

Stefan Pryor, Vice Chair, RI GWB
Secretary of Commerce

Janet Raymond
Chair, Providence/Cranston Workforce Investment Board

Susan Rittscher, Co-Chair
Education and Employment Advisory Committee
President & CEO, Center for Women and Enterprise

Bahjat Shariff
Vice President of Operations, Howley Bread Group

Ken Wagner
Commissioner, RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

All public entities are required to file minutes with the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office. They can be searched and viewed here

Board Meetings are held at the RI Department of Labor and Training, 1511 Pontiac Ave., Bldg. 73-1 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise specified. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Call Talia DeVincenzis at (401) 462-2415 to confirm the meeting information.

Cancellations will be posted here.

FY 2019

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Board Retreat

November – No meeting

December – No meeting

January – No meeting

Thursday, February 21, 2019

March – No meeting

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019 – Annual Event

Note: All Board Committee meetings will be held in conference room 73-2 except where noted. Meeting room designation will be posted in the lobby of 73-1. All meeting dates, times and location are subject to change.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for the overall management, direction and oversight of the Board and its program of work.  The Committee’s primary role is to ensure the functionality and effectiveness of the State Board. The committee is also responsible for workforce development planning and policy which includes oversight of the GWB Biennial Plan and the WIOA Plan.  Membership is limited to officers and chairs of both standing and ad-hoc committees, as appropriate.  The Committee may establish subcommittees to perform any activities within its scope of responsibilities.

Executive Committee Meetings

Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 9:30am

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 9:30am

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 9:30am

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 9:30am

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 9:30am

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 9:30am

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 9:30am

Strategic Investments and Evaluation Committee

The Strategic Investments Committee is responsible for guiding workforce investments (federal, state and local), aligning/leveraging workforce funds when possible, and is authorized to oversee and approve funding allocations for the Job Development Fund (JDF). The Committee’s primary role is to ensure that investments are demand-driven; meet the talent-pipeline and hiring needs of business and industry to create economic competition and growth; and create employment opportunities for Rhode Island workers to earn a living wage. The Committee regularly reviews Labor Market Information (LMI), Bureau of Labor Statistics data (BLS) as well as state data, including the Unified Expenditure Program report (UEP), to evaluate demand and supply and inform investments. The Committee is responsible with regular review of GWB program performance and all workforce programs performance to evaluate impact on Rhode Islanders wages, skills/knowledge, credentials, etc.

Strategic Investments and Evaluation Committee Meetings

Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 8:00am

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 8:00am

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 8:00am

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 8:00am *Cancelled*

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 8:00am *Cancelled*

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 8:00am

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 8:00am

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 8:00am

Education and Employment Advisory Committee

The Adult Education Committee is responsible for overseeing programs that ensure adults and out-of-school youth already in or nearing the labor force have access and opportunity to obtain industry credentials and/or post-secondary credentials, career readiness, and jobs that provide living wages. The Adult Education Committee is also responsible for advising the Board and other parties on issues related to education and employment investments (federal, state and local) for adults and out-of-school youth.

Education and Employment Advisory Committee Meetings

Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 8:30am

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 8:30am at the West Warwick One-Stop, 1330 Main Street, West Warwick, RI 02893

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 8:30am

Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 8:30am

Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 8:30am (CCRI – Knight Campus, Warwick RI, Room 1128-1130) *Rescheduled*

Career Pathways Advisory Committee 

The Career Pathways Advisory Committee (CPAC) is responsible for overseeing the development and growth of career pathways that connect populations throughout the state with career opportunities of today and tomorrow. Central to this function is overseeing execution of the State’s Prepare RI action plan to provide all youth K-24 with access to flexible and quality career pathways programming through high quality delivery models inclusive of, and beyond traditional CTE. This includes monitoring the implementation of a mixed-delivery career pathways system and hold various parties accountable to outcomes. CPAC is also responsible for advising the Board and other parties on issues related to career pathway investments (federal, state and local).

Career Pathways Advisory Committee Meetings

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 8:00am in Conf. Rm 73-1

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 3:00-4:30pm at Providence Marriott (Governor’s Workforce Board Retreat)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 8:30am at Tides Restaurant, Warwick Area CTC, 575 Centerville Road, Warwick, RI 02886

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 8:30am Lifespan, 335R Prairie Avenue, Providence, RI

*Cancelled* Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 8:30am in Conf. Rm 73-1 *Cancelled*

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 8:30am in Conf. Rm 73-1

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 8:30am in Conf. Rm 73-1

*Cancelled*  Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 8:30am in Conf. Rm 73-1 *Cancelled*

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 8:30am in Conf. Rm 73-1

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 8:30am in Conf. Rm 73-1


Meet the GWB Team