During my Masters program, I was introduced to aligning workforce and economic development initiatives as an intern in DC. That experience taught me to analyze how the connection between career development, education, and economic development serves as a factor in increasing competitiveness for the future and struggling workforce. My role allowed me to provide career and academic advising, as well as job development services to traditional students, dislocated workers, social service recipients, and ESL students. I have partnered with local elected officials and employers to organize 2 major job fairs with 25 companies and over 400 candidates, as well as, develop training programs that align with local growing markets. In addition, organized numerous career day workshops that allowed me to build stronger relationships with local employers. Independently, I have participated in public policy hearings to measure how revitalization projects directly impact low-income residents’ ability to maintain property ownership, natural resources and small businesses. My role, also, allowed me to observe how local businesses contribute to community development projects, while increasing clientele. Such work empowered me to develop a business consultancy that will increase economic status and representation for those who are struggling to succeed in the global economy.
The purpose of creating WCRC is to collaborate with policy leaders and stakeholders with building education, economic development, and STEAM-based industry partnerships to create programs for underrepresented youth and young talent. On one hand, practitioners are in the front-line in terms of working with population; but on the other hand, public policies impact the ability of creating, implementing, and paying for successful services. My interest in working with youth stems from a philosophy of introducing them to innovative careers at an earlier stage with hopes for them to develop that mindset in the future. My work, also, includes collaborating with economic development stakeholders to develop inclusive policies that will expand sustainability opportunities for targeted groups. Most importantly, increase access for targeted talents to participate in the decision-making process in terms of promoting economic growth, innovative opportunities, and a healthier environment for their communities. Currently, I serve on the Planning Board in my township and will be serving on the Workforce Development Board in my County. Although my work is located in the northeast, I am in the process of expanding in other parts of the country and internationally. I have earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Masters of Public Administration from University of Baltimore.
Local Economic Development Certification
Large Urban System Certification