Workforce Development Board


  • 4th Thursday of every other month
New DWDB Logo


 January 28, 2021  8:30 AM-10:00 AM Virtual Zoom Meeting
March 25, 2021

8:30 AM-10:00 PM

Virtual Zoom Meeting
May 27, 2021  8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Virtual Zoom Meeting

 July 22, 2021   8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Virtual Zoom Meeting

 September 23, 2021   8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Virtual Zoom Meeting

 November 18, 2021   8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are posted prior to the Durham Workforce Development Board’s scheduled bi-monthly meetings.  Conversely, Minutes are posted once they have been approved by the DWDB at its bi-monthly meeting.  If Minutes are not listed, it means that they have not been approved by the appropriate entity.  Should you have questions, please contact Dr. Joyce B. Johnson, Assistant to the Durham Workforce Development Board, at 919-560-4965.  

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


Board Officers

  • Paul Grantham, Chair (Private Sector) Duke University and Health System
  • Steven Williams, 1st Vice Chair (Private Sector)
    Global Ventures of North Carolina, LLC
  • Scott McGregor, (Private Sector), CISCO
  • Rebecca Axford, Chair, Youth Council Subcommittee (Labor and Apprenticeship Organization), Raleigh-Durham Electrical JATC
  • Paul Grantham, Chair, Marketing and Communications Subcommittee (Private Sector), Duke University and Health Systems
  • George Hining, Chair, Business Services Subcommittee (Private Sector), MHA Works Architecture, Inc
  • Wade Smedley, Chair, NCWorks Career Center Subcommittee (Private Sector), Merck and Co., Inc.

Private Sector

  • Michael Dombeck, Precision Biosciences
  • Jeffrey Fredrick, RTI International
  • Paul Grantham, Duke University and Health Systems
  • George Hining, MHA Works Architecture, Inc.
  • Marlon Kiel, Measurement Incorporated
  • Scott McGregor, Cisco
  • ​Henry Clay McKoy, Jr., PoliHire
  • Ari Medoff, Nurse Care of North Carolina
  • ​Ernie Mills, Durham Rescue Mission
  • Wade Smedley, Merck and Co.
  • Steven Williams, Global Ventures of North Carolina, LLC

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

  • Rhonda Stevens, 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

  • Ashley J. McKenna, M.S.-- Vocational Rehabilitation Services

State Employment Service

  • Kenneth Angeli, North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions (Wagner-Peyser Act Position)

Higher Education/NCCU

  • Dr. Anthony Nelson, Dean, NCCU School of Business

Adult Education & Literacy

  • Gregory Bellamy, Durham Technical Community College

Local Education Agency

  • Dr. Julie Pack, 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