Workforce Development Board

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Legislative Reference

Formed pursuant to the federal Workforce Investment act (“WIA”) of 1998. Bylaws were adopted on May 29, 2001. Bylaws amended November 1, 2005 and June 19, 2007. Bylaws amended 12-06-11; 11-8-16 Bylaws amended.

06-23-15 Bylaws Amended. Changed name to Workforce Development Board

Overview of the Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB):

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) act states that local membership on the WDB shall include owners or representatives of businesses that reflect employment opportunities in the area; representatives of educational agencies such as school boards, adult schools, colleges, etc; representatives of local labor organizations; representatives of community-based organizations including veterans’ groups and those serving people with disabilities; representatives of economic development agencies and representatives of the One-Stop partners. Those appointed should have optimum policymaking authority within their respective organizations.

Overview of the Workforce Investment Act and

Monterey County Workforce Development Board:

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA*) was signed by President Clinton on August 7, 1998 to reform the nation’s job training system. WIA establishes the One-Stop Career Center concept operating under state and local Workforce Investment Boards. Key components of WIA include:

Streamlining services through the One-Stop delivery system;

Empowering individuals through the use of Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) for eligible participants who have exhausted other sources of aid, and providing greater levels of information, guidance and support services from a single location;

Universal access to core employment-related services such as job vacancies, career options, financial aid for education, employment trends, how to conduct a job search, write a resume, interview for a job, etc.;

Increased accountability through the establishment of core indicators of performance that local and state managers of the workforce system must meet in order to retain funding levels;

  • Strong role for local workforce investment boards: representatives of designated service agencies and the private sector establish business-led boards that develop strategic planning, establish local policy and provide oversight of the local system;

  • State and local flexibility to create a system that responds to local and regional labor market needs with significant authority reserved for the Governor;

  • Improved youth programs linked more closely to local labor market needs and community youth programs and services with emphasis on academic and occupational learning.


  1. Business Representatives – The majority (at least 51%) of MCWDB membership must be representatives of business in the local area. The business representatives shall include owners of businesses, chief executives or operating officers of business or other business executives, including small businesses, business organizations, or human resource executives with optimum policy-making or hiring authority that provide employment opportunities in in-demand sectors or occupations as defined in WIOA section 3(23). At a minimum, two (2) members must represent small business as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Efforts will be made to include broad representation of businesses throughout the County, consisting of both large and small employers.

  2. Local Educational Entity – At least one (1) eligible training provider administering adult education and literacy activities under WIOA Title II; and at least one (1) representative from an institution of higher education providing workforce investment activities, including community colleges.

  3. Labor Organizations – At least twenty percent (20%) of MCWDB members must be representatives of labor organizations nominated by local labor federations, including joint-labor management registered apprenticeship programs, or where they do not exist in the local area, employee representatives. At least two (2) members or more must represent labor organizations; and one (1) member or more must represent a joint-labor management, or union affiliated, registered apprenticeship program within the area who must be a training director or a member of a labor organization. If no union affiliated registered apprenticeship programs exist in the area, a representative of a registered apprenticeship program with no union affiliation must be appointed, if one exists.

  4. Community-Based Organization – At least one (1) member must represent a community-based organization that has demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training or education needs of individuals with barriers to employment, including organizations that serve veterans or provide or support competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities; and may include one or more representatives of organizations that have demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training, or education needs of eligible youth, including representatives of organizations that serve out-of-school youth.

  5. Economic and Community Development Entities – At least one (1) member must represent an economic development agency, including private sector economic development entities and/or Small Business Development Centers.

  6. Wagner-Peyser – At least one (1) member must represent the State Employment Service office under the Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. 49 et seq.) serving the Monterey County local workforce development area.

  7. Rehabilitation – At least one (1) member must represent programs carried

  8. The membership of the local MCWDB may include individuals or representatives of other appropriate entities in the local area that have optimum policy-making authority within the entities they represent, including:

    • Entities administering education and training activities who represent local educational agencies or community-based organizations with demonstrated expertise in addressing the education or training needs for individuals with barriers to employment;

    • Governmental and economic and community development entities who represent transportation, housing, and public assistance programs;

    • Philanthropic organizations serving the local area; and

    • Other appropriate individuals as determined by the BOS.


The term of membership for all WDB members shall be for three years, upon which time consideration of reappointment shall occur.

Qualifications & Functions:

The purpose of this Board is to provide strategic planning, policy development, and oversight of the local workforce investment system. It directs the disbursement of funds for workforce investment activities, appoints a youth council, and provides direction on ways to increase public and private sector employment and training opportunities for eligible people under the Act. The Board provides leadership to support the best practices of the public and private sectors for an effective Workforce Investment Board; develops innovative models that effectively acquire and leverage alternative funding sources to offer access to all services.

Meeting Date, Time, and Place:

Please visit and click on the WDB link for information on meeting days and times. Regular meeting held on the first Wednesday of every other month.

Staff Contact

Flor Galvan, Senior Secretary, Phone No. (831) 796-6434

Christina Alig, Office Assistant II, Phone No. (831) 796-3331

Workforce Development Board

Supervisors Appointees

Business Representatives Appointed Expires
Wendy Brickman 10-04-16 06-25-19
Kimberly Schnader 10-04-16 05-25-19
Paula Calvetti 10-04-16 06-15-19
Salvador Muñoz 11-01-16 07-27-19
Erik Cushman 12-06-16 12-06-19
Brain E. Turlington 11-01-16 11-05-19
Harvey Dadwal 02-14-17 02-14-20
Sherry Farson 02-14-17 02-14-20
Mary Ann Leffel 09-13-16 06-16-19
 Wesley Van Camp
 08-29-17 08-29-20
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Community Organizations Appointed Expires
Al Davis, NAACP
Economic Development Appointed Expires
Mary Ann Leffel
Sandy Chamberlain 04-18-17 04-26-20
Education Appointed Expires
Dr. Willard Clark Lewallen 07-10-18 07-10-21
Dr. Walter Tribley 07-10-18 07-10-21
Employment Development Appointed Expires

Labor Organizations Appointed Expires
Steve MacArthur 11-08-16 10-19-19
Cesar Lara 09-13-16 07-27-19
Andy Hartman 10-06-15 09-01-18
Cresencio Diaz 08-29-17 06-24-20
Jay Donato 07-10-18 07-10-21
Rehabilitation Appointed Expires
Mimi Laurent 11-01-16 10-29-19
Social & Employment Services Appointed Expires

Wagner-Peyser Representing State Employment Service Appointed Expires
Yulo Duckworth
Board of Supervisors Representative Appointed Expires
Supervisor Adams 01-10-17 01-10-20