The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Contra Costa County is a unique public/private partnership providing oversight for federally funded workforce programs in Contra Costa County, excluding the City of Richmond. The WDB brings together private sector leaders, economic development, public agencies, education, labor, and community-based organizations to focus on local and regional workforce development and related community issues.
The WDB’s primary goal is to support a strong workforce system that is flexible and customer-focused. Board members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and represent key stakeholders in the region. The majority of members are business representatives, and all members possess decision-making authority in their company or organization.
WDB’s purview is all cities and all unincorporated areas within the boundaries of the County of Contra Costa, excluding the City of Richmond.
Roles and Responsibilities
The WDB’s primary role is to develop, implement, expand, and evaluate a workforce system that serves Contra Costa County. Investments are made based on the strategic direction set by the Board in their Strategic Plan and in keeping with the guidelines of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The Board has the following responsibilities:
- Provide strategic direction and oversight for the local area’s workforce plan.
- Define policies and set goals and objectives that lead to an increase in the skills and earnings of Contra Costa residents.
- Support dislocated workers as the regional economy and businesses restructure to remain competitive.
- Evaluate system quality and outcomes to ensure effective services for youth, adults, dislocated workers, and older workers.
- Convene education, business, and economic development to address the education, skills, and employment needs for a skilled workforce.
- Advocate on behalf of the system’s customers in balancing the interests of both job seekers and employers.
- Utilize data to ensure valid and documented decision-making and resulting policy.
The diversity of representatives brings a broad and varied perspective to setting policy direction for the local and regional workforce system. Board members provide fiscal oversight and policy direction to create investments that:
- Develop and connect workers with new and better employment opportunities
- Prepare young people to enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills they need for success in the workplace
- Support business growth and development
- Assist employers in finding skilled workers
What is expected of board members? In addition to attending bi-monthly board meetings, each board member also serves on a board committee that typically will meet bi-monthly as well. Meetings are generally two hours in length. Members receive meeting agendas and information packets at least four days before a scheduled meeting to allow adequate time for review.
The board is supported by a dedicated professional staff that provides board and committee support and implements board policy.