Workforce Development Board

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • 4th Thursday of every other month:
    • January
    • March
    • May
    • July
    • September
    • November
Meetings are held at the Historic Parrish Street Forum in downtown Durham at 108 West Parrish Street, Durham, NC  27701.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Board Officers
  • Steven Williams, Chair (Private Sector)
    Global Ventures of North America, LLC
  • Autrice Campbell - Long, 1st Vice Chair (Private Sector Suntrust Bank, Inc.)
  • Del Mattioli, 2nd Vice Chair (Private Sector)
    Mattioli and Associates
Private Sector
  • Janis M. Clark-Davis, Measurement Incorporated
  • ​Henry Clay McKoy, Jr., PoliHire
  • Michael Dombeck, Precision Biosciences
  • ​Paul Grantham, Duke University and Health System
  • George Hining, MHAworks Architecture​
  • ​Michael Lee, Credit Suisse
  • Ari Medoff, Nurse Care of NC
  • ​Ernie Mills, Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Store
  • Megan Risley, Dress for Success Triangle NC​
  • ​Wade Smedley, Merck and Co., Inc.​

Labor and Apprenticeship Organization
  •  Rebecca Axford
Labor Organization
  • Roger Shumate, IUEC Local 80

Agency that Serves People with Barriers to Employment

  • Michael Becketts, Durham County Department of Social Services​

Out-of-School Youth Organization

  • Quille Coath, Jr., Durham Proud Program

Community-Based Organization Addressing The Needs of Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities

  • James Alston, Triangle Veterans Wellness Outreach Center

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

  • Jessie Pickett-Williams, Vocational Rehabilitation​ Independent Living Services

State Employment Service

  • Chip Wood, North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions

Higher Education/NCCU

  • Dr. Wanda Lester (Proxy - Deborah Brame), North Carolina Central University​

Adult Education & Literacy

  • Dr. Bill G. Ingram (Proxy - Dr. Peter Wooldridge)​, Durham Technical Community College

Local Education Agency

  • Dr. Bert L'Homme (Proxy-Rick Sheldahl), Durham Public Schools

Economic Development

  • Farad Ali, The Institute

Public Official Liaisons (Non-Voting)
  • Cora Cole-McFadden, Durham City Council​
  • Brenda Howerton, Durham County Commissioner​
  • ​Wendy Jacobs, Durham County Commissioner
  • ​Steve Schewel, Durham City Council

The Durham Workforce Development Board (DWDB) was established by federal legislation and is a consortium agreement between the City and County of Durham. The purpose of the board is to facilitate, plan and coordinate workforce development resources to maximize the efforts of government, business, and education.

Through collaborative partnerships, the board is the local policy organization responsible for the planning, oversight and coordination of workforce development initiatives that help support economic development in Durham and the region. It provides leadership to the local workforce system by promoting a responsive workforce development system, providing guidance and exercising independent oversight regarding activities under the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act and programs within the NCWorks Career Center.

By law, the majority of board members must represent the private sector, with the balance of the board being comprised of representatives from:
  • Community-based organizations
  • Educational agencies
  • Employment services
  • Public assistance and economic development agencies
  • Organized labor services
  • Rehabilitation agencies
Members serve 4-year terms without compensation and must reside within the limits of Durham County or have their principal place of business within the Durham County limits.
Vision Statement
The DWDB envisions a competitive workforce system that consistently meets the needs of Durham businesses, job
seekers, and youth.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to set direction for the NCWorks: Connecting Talent to Jobs system, so that it is the best source for businesses to find top talent.

Special Initiatives

Durham YouthWork Internship Program
Position Request Form for Businesses