WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD COMMISSIONERS

Representatives of Business WIOA Section 107(b)(2)(A)

Holly Schroeder | Chair

HOLLY SCHROEDER is the President and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). Ms. Schroder has over 20 years of management experience and executive experience in private sector, governmental, and non-profit organizations. Ms. Schroeder received an M.S. in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon, and a B.A. in Chemistry and French from St. Olaf College. She was nominated by Supervisor Barger and the SCVEDC as a Business Representative.

Darrel Sauceda | Vice Chair

DARREL SAUCEDA is the Chief Operating Officer at Associated Construction Services Group. Darrel has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry. Darrel has managed multimillion dollar projects for the Governmental, Public, Private and Utility sectors with a total program management vision, from initial design concept through final completion and occupancy. He ensures complete client satisfaction through strong relationships. Additionally, Darrel ventures in to new markets and prospects through national and local relationships and resources. He believes in training his employees to improve their skillset and ensures that they always put Safety first. He was nominated by Supervisor Hahn as a Business Representative.

Russell Barnard | Secretary/Treasurer

RUSSELL BARNARD is the President of the Hospitality Industry Management Group (HIMG), the operating company for Rusty’s Surf Ranch, now in its 22nd year on the Santa Monica Pier, and other industry related activities. Mr. Barnard’s previous hospitality industry experience includes concept development and operation of Santa Monica restaurants such as The Tavern on Main, The Atrium Espresso Bar Café, and the Ocean Park Omelet Parlor. Mr. Barnard was an Instructor in the Department of Communications at Stanford and an Assistant Professor of Journalism at CSU Northridge. He was nominated by Supervisor Kuehl and the Pier Lessees’ Association as a Business Representative. 

Shalonda Baldwin | Commissioner

SHALONDA BALDWIN serves on the executive team at L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). At Metro she has guided innovative first-ever programs such as the Pilot Business Interruption Fund, Crenshaw/LAX Business Solution Center, the Workforce Initiative-Now Los Angeles (WIN-LA), and Project Labor Agreement/Construction Careers Policy. She began her public career in San Francisco in the mayoral administration of Willie L. Brown, Jr. and Gavin Newsom; and thereafter joined the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s leadership team. Ms. Baldwin holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and M.A. from Golden Gate University. Ms. Baldwin received COMTO SoCal Women Leaders Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2019. 

Jamarah Hayner | Commissioner

JAMARAH HAYNER is the President of JKH Consulting. Jamarah has led community involvement efforts for both public- and private-sector clients, as well as for leading elected officials in New York, Southern California and Phoenix. Throughout her career, she has helped clients ensure that communities and small businesses are valued stakeholders in projects affecting their neighborhoods, with a special focus in the areas of transportation, aviation, real estate, and housing policy and workforce development. 

Erick Verduzco-Vega | Commissioner

ERICK VERDUZCO-VEGA is the President of the South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce (SBLCC) which has over 200 small business members located throughout the County and he is also a business owner and entrepreneur. He served as an appointee of the 2nd District and was Vice Chair of the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board. He currently serves on the City of Long Beach Planning Commission. Mr. Verduzco-Vega received a B.S. in Finance, Real Estate and Law from CSU Long Beach. He was nominated by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and the SBLCC as a Business Representative. 

Jose Gardea | Commissioner

JOSE GARDEA is the President of Urbanism Advisors. Urbanism Advisors facilitates, develops and implements action plans for economic and business development through Public/Private Partnerships. He previously served for 12 years as Chief of Staff for the First Council District of the City of Los Angeles, and was a Senior Field Deputy for 6 years prior to that. He received a B.S. in Political Science from UCLA. He was nominated by the Valley Economic Development Center as a Business Representative. 

Karla Sayles | Commissioner

Bio coming soon.

Berenice Nunez Constant | Commissioner

Bio coming soon. 

Gustavo Camacho | Commissioner

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Michelle Roth | Commissioner

Bio and Pic coming soon. 

Representatives of Workforce WIOA Section 107(b)(2)(B)

Corinne Sanchez | Commissioner

CORINNE SANCHEZ is the President and CEO of El Proyecto del Barrio, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive health, employment, childcare development, HIV outpatient medical and education, youth and rehabilitative services to the underserved communities throughout L.A. County. Ms. Sanchez served as an appointee of the 1st District on the L.A. County WIB. She has over 37 years of experience in Non-Profit Organization Administration. She received a JD from the San Fernando College of Law and a B.A. from CSU Long Beach. She was nominated by Supervisor Solis as a Representative of the Workforce. 

Lola Smallwood Cuevas | Commissioner

LOLA SMALLWOOD CUEVAS is a Project Director for the UCLA Labor Center, and is volunteers at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, the first worker center in California focused on solving the black job crisis by building power among black workers to create greater access to quality jobs, addressing employment discrimination, and transforming industries that employ black workers. She previously served on the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board. She was nominated by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and the L.A. County Federation of Labor to serve as a Representative of Labor and the Workforce. 

Mary Hewitt | Commissioner

MARY HEWITT is the Executive Director for the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs.  The Alliance is an umbrella organization that was created in 1998 to bring resources, marketing and fundraising to all Boys & Girls Clubs in Los Angeles County which serve over 140,000 youth ages 6 to 18.  For the past 7 years she has spearheaded innovative programs, special events and service to under-resourced communities in Los Angeles. With her experience working for the US Government in Washington DC, Mary has led the Alliance on college and career programs through the annual Teen Summit.   

Keith Harkey | Commissioner

KEITH HARKEY is a Business Representative with the Ironworkers Local 433 – covering Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the surrounding area that has a membership of 5,000 skilled workers which includes over 650 apprentices. Mr. Harkey is also on the District Council of Ironworkers of the State of California and Vicinity. He serves as an Executive Board Member of the Orange County Labor Federation and member of the Los Angeles County Labor Federation where he represents working people at the state and local level. As a Delegate for the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council and as member of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), he is focused on expanding job opportunities by building and maintaining strong relationships with companies such as Disney. He was nominated by Supervisor Hahn as a Representative of Labor and the Workforce.

Anne McMonigle | Commissioner

ANNE MCMONIGLE is the Executive Director of the Apprenticeship Readiness Fund, a nonprofit of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council. Anne has headed The Fund since its inception in June 2017, with the mission to sustain quality MC3 Programs throughout the LA/OC region. Prior to joining The Fund, Anne was the Senior Program Manager with the California Labor Federation – Workforce & Economic Development Program (WED). While with WED, Anne led the efforts in working with Building Trades leaders and other workforce partners to establish MC3 Pre-Apprenticeship Programs throughout California. Key projects include: High Speed Rail, working with the CA Department of Education to achieve Advanced Placement Credit for
the MC3 in high schools, and roll out of Prop 39 – the first State-funded program requiring usage of the MC3. Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Humboldt State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. In2014, Anne was selected as an Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Fellow for her work building pathways into apprenticeship throughout California.

Antonio Sanchez | Commissioner

ANTONIO SANCHEZ is the Political and Business Development Director for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11. His role at Local 11 allows him to focus on creating opportunities for over 2,000 apprentices and over 8,000 journey-level members by pursuing high road workforce development strategies that include prevailing wage and safety standards, and local and targeted hire. He graduated cum laude with honors with a degree in Anthropology from Cal State Northridge and earned a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. Antonio has worked in many levels of government to better the lives of working families. 

Jeremy Diaz | Commissioner

Bio coming soon.

Representatives of Education & Training WIOA Section 107(b)(2)(C)

Dr. Enrique Medina | Commissioner

DR. ENRIQUE MEDINA has focused on making a difference in the City of Pomona for over 30 years. He is the Director of the Career Readiness at Pomona USD.   Dr. Medina’s has served on many local, county and state boards, task-forces and committees. Dr. Medina attended UC San Diego and earned a Bachelor’s in Biology with emphasis in Biochemistry and Minors in Organic Chemistry and History of Latin America.  A Master’s in Foundations of Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. He immigrated to the US at the age of 12 from Mexico.  

Dr. Patricia Ramos | Commissioner

DR. PATRICIA RAMOS is the Dean of the Workforce and Economic Development at Santa Monica College. She is also the owner and operator of Los Angeles’ premier espresso catering business; America’s Cup Espresso Bars, located in Santa Monica. Dr. Ramos was the 2015 Chair for the 26th Anniversary Awards Dinner of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). She previously served as the Youth Council Chair of the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board. She was nominated by Supervisor Kuehl as a Representative of Institutions of Higher Education. 

Representatives of Government & Economic & Community Development WIOA Section 107(b)(2)(D)

Wan-Chun Chang | Commissioner

WAN-CHUN CHANG has worked with the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) for over 38 years and is currently responsible for managing a vocational rehabilitation services program as the District Administrator over the Van Nuys/Foothill District. She has been a member of the L.A. County Commission on Disabilities and the Advisory Board since 2007 and previously served on the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board. She received her M.A. in Guidance from Eastern Kentucky University and her B.A. in English from Fu Jen Catholic University. She was nominated by DOR as the representative of programs carried out under Title-I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Adriana Kuhnle | Commissioner

ADRIANA BARBARA KUHNLE is the Division Chief for the newly configured Los Angeles – Coastal Field Division of the Workforce Services Branch of the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Previously, Adriana served as the Deputy Division Chief for the Central South Region of Southern Workforce Services Division which encompasses over 41,000 miles, consists of nine counties, seven Workforce Development Boards (WDB), 12 AJCCs, and 120 staff. She has served on three WDBs and multiple sub-committees. Adriana has 33 years of experience working with the Employment Development Department; 15 of which have been in Workforce Services. She was nominated by EDD as a Representative of the State employment service office under the Wagner-Peyser Act. 

Jessica Ku Kim | Commissioner

JESSICA KU KIM is Senior Director of Workforce Development at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), providing strategic direction and leading LAEDC’s collaborative efforts to strengthen the alignment of LA County’s workforce and education systems to industry workforce needs. Jessica leverages her intimate knowledge of workforce programs funded on state and national levels to align system resources for employers and programs. She has demonstrated success in developing and managing innovative workforce programs for target populations, including pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships, in the construction trades, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, biosciences and other in-demand industries. She received her Master of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine.  

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