Welcome to the website of the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board (MWDB). The 33 members of  MWDB develop strategies that guide the Commonwealth's efforts in ensuring workers have the skills they need to fill the jobs businesses create,  for a more prosperous Commonwealth, with higher wages for workers, larger profits for businesses and stronger communities for all.

The MWDB ensures our efforts are driven by the demands of our businesses and the communities they serve. Our members, review, revise, and advise the executive branch on how to create and sustain the workforce Massachusetts needs to succeed in the world economy. Our members represent all parts of the Commonwealth, and come from all walks of life from small businesses to multinational corporations, from organized labor to community organizations, and state and local officials.

The MWDB has four full meetings a year. Every meeting is open to the public, and we invite you - members of the public or workforce development professionals alike - to attend and make your voice heard. While this site is designed to update you on the latest developments of the MWDB, it is also a portal to other sites, including the One-Stop Career Centers to the Local Workforce Investment Boards to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - across the spectrum of the Commonwealth's workforce development efforts.

The Administration of Governor Baker is committed to prosperity through partnership. This website is one way we fulfill that goal - if you think we can improve our online presence, please contact us.  We look forward to working with you as we strengthen our workforce, the economy, and the Commonwealth as a whole.

Cheryl Scott, 
MWDB Executive Director
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-7112

Massachusetts Workforce Development Board Members

Appointed Members

Donna Cupelo –  Chair
Verizon New England

Aixa Beauchamp
Beauchamp and Associates

Joanne Berwald
Vice President, Human Resources

Anne Broholm
Chief Executive Officer
Ahead, LLC

Jesse Brown
Co-Founder/ Director of Operations
Heidrea Communications LLC

Gerard Burke
President & CEO
Hillcrest Educational Foundation

Tricia Canavan
United Personnel Services

James Cassetta

Kathleen Cullen-Cote
Corporate Vice President of Human Resources
PTC Corporation

Sherry Dong
Director, Community Health Improvement Programs
Tufts Medical Center
Designee for Governor Charlie Baker

Senator Eileen M. Donoghue
Senator, 1st Middlesex District
Massachusetts Senate

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll
City of Salem

Dr. Pam Eddinger
Bunker Hill Community College

Eric D. Hagopian
President and CEO
Massachusetts Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing

Cassius Johnson
Vice President of Organizational Strategy and Policy
Jobs for the Future

Susan Mailman
Owner / President
Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.

John G. Mann
NAGE, Local 292

Juliette C. Mayers
President & CEO
Inspiration Zone LLC

Beth Mitchell
Director, Maritime and Strategic Systems Engineering
General Dynamics

Carol Ozelius
Chief Operating Officer

Warren Pepicelli
Executive Vice President

Joanne Pokaski
Director of Workforce Development
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mayor Daniel Rivera
City of Lawrence

Elizabeth Skidmore
Business Representative/Organizer
New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Representative Joseph Wagner
Representative, Eighth Hampden District
Massachusetts House of Representatives

Beth Williams
President & CEO
Roxbury Technology Corporation

Raymond Wrobel
Vice President
Align Credit Union

Ex-Officio Members

Secretary Rosalin Acosta
MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Jeffrey McCue
Department of Transitional Assistance
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Robert LePage
Assistant Secretary for Career Education
MA Executive Office of Education

Juan Vega
Assistant Secretary for Communities and Programs
MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Massachusetts Workforce Development Board Meetings

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Year Up
45 Milk Street
Boston, MA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical School
251 Stonehaven Road, Room 251
Fall River, MA
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Meeting Agenda  pdf format of Meeting Agenda
Driving and Parking Directions  docx format of Driving and Parking Directions
Committee Updates  pdf format of Committee Updates
Labor Market Dashboard – June 2017  pdf format of Labor Market Dashboard – June 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017*
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
.Holyoke Community College
Room 301/303
Holyoke, MA 01040 
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017*
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Northeastern Massachusetts 

*Times and locations are tentative and subject to change

Questions or concerns: Contact Cheryl Scott or (617) 626-7112

For information and materials from past MWDB quarterly meetings and MWDB committees, visit the MWDB Meeting Minutes page.

For upcoming MWDB committee meeting dates, times, and locations, visit the Open Meetings page for more information.

Click on the MWDB Committees tab above to learn more about the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board Committees.

Massachusetts Workforce Development Board Committees

The Massachusetts Workforce Development Board (MWDB) carries out its mission and strategies through its four Board committees. Board committees are comprised of MWDB Board members with support from subject matter experts and staff from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Committee meetings are open to the public. Please visit the Open Meetings page for more information on upcoming committee meeting dates, times, and locations.  Contact Cheryl Scott at (617) 626-7112 or cheryl.scott@state.ma.us for inquiries.

Economic Opportunity Committee

The Economic Opportunity Committee capitalizes on the work of the Task Force for Persons Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment by identifying the policy and programmatic opportunities to improve employment outcomes for populations facing employment challenges (target populations) including the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities, veterans, African Americans, Latino Americans, and Native Americans.

Labor Market and Workforce Information (LMWI) Committee

The LMWI Committee uses labor market and workforce information to identify areas of discussion and policy development for consideration by the Board.  Tasks include analyzing key metrics in workforce data including producing a quarterly LMWI data dashboard and conducting deeper analysis on key industries and occupations; improving the quality and capacity for the workforce system’s use of labor market and workforce information; and bringing subject matter experts, discussion topics and policy ideas to full Board meetings.

WIOA Oversight Committee

The WIOA Oversight Committee oversees efforts related to the adoption and implementation of WIOA as outlined in the Massachusetts WIOA Combined State Plan, including analyzing workforce system performance; fostering workforce system coordination and alignment; and acting on behalf of the full MWDB to approve WIOA policies, as needed.

Youth Committee

The Youth Committee seeks to galvanize the broader workforce system to enhance youth employment and career readiness through efforts to foster partnerships between employers, youth service organizations, local workforce boards, and other stakeholder agencies.  The committee focuses on catalyzing labor market demand for Opportunity Youth by transforming the perceptions and hiring practices of employers in the Bay State. The committee also pursues opportunities to enhance the provision of youth workforce services by developing policies, protocols, and resources to ensure quality and consistency across the Commonwealth.

For MWDB Committee meeting minutes visit the MWDB Meeting Minutes page.