The CCWORKS Team

Maureen Nelson

CCWORKS Subsidized Employment
Program Manager

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Maureen Nelson is Administrator at the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, where she has been for 10 years. She has oversight of adult and youth workforce programs. Her work touches on grant and contract management, compliance, policy, and building relationships with partner agencies. She is a member of the Council on Homelessness (holding the Workforce seat) and the Steering Committee for SparkPoint. She has managed grants focused on removing barriers to employment for particular populations: seniors, justice-involved, people with disabilities, unsheltered residents. The latter worked to bring systems-level change by integrating and aligning workforce and homeless services efforts. Prior to her current role as a manager, Maureen provided direct service to job seekers and businesses. Maureen has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from CSU – East Bay and an M.A. in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.

Rene Tucker

EPC – East Contra Costa
Antioch

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René Tucker is a Social Service Employment Placement Counselor (EPC) with 15 years of service for Contra Costa County, Employment Human Services Department (EHSD). René is responsible for job development efforts for the CCWORKS program within East Contra Costa County, she assists program participants in obtaining subsidized training opportunities and ultimately retaining unsubsidized employment; René also assists them with career advancement leading to self-sufficiency.

René is a passionate steward who strives to make a difference in the lives of her CCWORKS program participants, she personally knows their plight. Her life situation caused her to utilize TANF. Even then René was an advocate for equity and inclusion for all. She believed that recipients should be treated with respect realizing that with help they like her can realize their dreams. As a result, René realizes that this is the foundation for success and why she treats each participant with respect and dignity to build a positive working relationship which is fundamental to assist participants in overcoming any barriers that they might be facing.

René Tucker has an Associates of Science degree from Los Medanos College and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of California Berkeley and is a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). René’s mantra is “I am here for your success and for your journey to self-sufficiency.” René is most full-filled when helping others grow professionally. She lives by what her mother always said to her daily, treat others as an individual with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated.

Michelle Graham

EPC – Central & West Contra Costa
Hercules & Pleasant Hill

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With some experience in Human Services and an A.A. In liberal studies Michelle Graham’s career began as a case manager for Solano County WIB IN 2002. During this time her love for service grew and she came to find a passion for working with people and helping youth /families find their way. She continued in this vein and added a second role volunteering, assisting and serving in different capacities as a Service Manager & Board Member at G.O.A.L.S. for Women, an African-American mental health and social services agency. Moving from Solano County’s Workforce’s Services, she was hired by Contra Costa County’s Workforce Services Dept. As a Social Service Employment Placement Counselor in July of 2007.  In May of 2012 she received her GCDF certification through CCC, recognizing me as a Global Community Development Facilitator. After 12 years at Contra Costa County, she went back to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development in 2019 with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is currently still serving as an Employment Placement Counselor for Contra Costa County and remains excited & passionate about contributing to humanity and society on the whole.

Kasandra Knox

EPC – West Contra Costa
Richmond

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As a Social Service Employment Placement Counselor, Kasandra is responsible for connecting job seekers with employment opportunities. Which includes; connecting with the business community and assessing their need, then matching those with the participants she serves.

A very active member of her community, Kasandra serves meals in the park to the homeless and those that may just need a hot meal.

Kasandra participated as a Lead Facilitator, in a 5-year project called “Growing Great Families”, a Substance Abuse, Hepatitis and HIV Prevention Project. Designed to provide education and resources to the community.

Since she began with Contra Costa County in 1998 as a temporary employee, it has always been her goal to serve her community.  To be a beacon of opportunity to that population, that may have normally not received one.

Lauren Talbert

Clerk-Experienced Level

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As a Clerk – Experienced Level with Contra Costa County, Lauren is responsible for the admin support of the CCWORKS Program and Team. A county employee for 5 years, she has fostered a love of community assistance and engagement through her positions as a Library Aide, Library Clerk, and now Clerk for CCWORKS. Lauren brings an enthusiastic and service minded attitude and strives to help however she can.

Ms. Talbert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

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