Workforce Development Board


  • 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • 4th Thursday of every other month:
    • January
    • March
    • May
    • July
    • September
    • November
Consult the meeting agenda to confirm meeting location.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval upon request by contacting board staff at 919-560-4965.

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Board Officers

  • Steven Williams, Chair (Private Sector)
    Global Ventures of North America, LLC
  • Paul Grantham, 1st Vice Chair (Private Sector) Duke University and Health System
  • George Hining, 2nd Vice Chair (Private Sector)
    MHAworks Architecture
  • Jessie Pickett-Williams, Secretary/Treasurer (Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Vocational Rehabilitation Independent Living Services

Private Sector

  • Scott McGregor, Cisco
  • ​Henry Clay McKoy, Jr., PoliHire
  • Michael Dombeck, Precision Biosciences
  • ​​Ari Medoff, Nurse Care NC
  • ​Ernie Mills, Durham Rescue Mission
  • Tiffany Frye, Nido
  • ​Wade Smedley, Merck and Co., Inc.​
  • Marlon Kiel, Measurement Incorporated

Labor and Apprenticeship Organization

  •  Rebecca Axford, Raleigh-Durham Electrical JATC

Labor Organization

  • Roger Shumate, IUEC Local 80

Agency that Serves People with Barriers to Employment

  • William "Ben" Rose, 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

  • (Proxy-Rick Sheldahl), Durham Public Schools

Economic Development

  • Geoff Durham, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

Public Official Liaisons (Non-Voting)

  • DeDreana Freeman, Durham City Council​
  • James Hill, Durham County Commissioner
  • Brenda Howerton, Durham County Commissioner


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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program - Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Special Initiatives

Durham YouthWork Internship Program
Position Request Form for Businesses