Jeffery T.D. Wallace of LeadersUp has been appointed as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board.
The Workforce Development Board provides policy and oversight to the second largest Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) in California, which services approximately four million residents, 57 of the 88 cities and approximately 150 unincorporated communities within Los Angeles County.
Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, was responsible for Wallace’s appointment to the board. When making the announcement, Mitchell said, “I am proud to appoint Jeffery Wallace to represent the Second Supervisorial District on LA County’s Workforce Development Board.
“Jeffery’s experience as the CEO of the non-profit LeadersUp, in preparing job seekers with the 21st Century workforce skills they need to succeed along with his commitment to removing barriers to employment that disproportionately impact communities of color and justice system-involved youth, will help further the board’s impact in strengthening our workforce during this critical time in the County’s road to recovery.”
Responding to the appointment, Wallace said, “As one of the largest and most diverse counties in the nation, it’s tantamount that the L.A. County workforce development system is talent centered, industry-driven and focused on advancing an inclusive and just economy.
“I am tremendously thankful for this opportunity to support Supervisor [Holly] Mitchell’s vision of reimagining workforce development to ensure everyone in L.A. County can thrive,” he added.
Also, Wallace said that he believed that his experience leading LeadersUp “will prove invaluable in impacting the most vulnerable residents and connecting them to transformative career pathways.”