NACo’s Counties for Career Success (C4CS) is an initiative that recognizes the role of counties in streamlining pathways to good jobs and supporting individuals on those learning journeys. 

Counties are uniquely positioned to invest in and coordinate career readiness efforts that not only address industry needs, but also support low-income and marginalized students. C4CS facilitates cross-systems collaboration between systems of post-secondary education, workforce development and human services to promote lifelong success among those experiencing barriers to education and employment.

About the Cohort

C4CS assembles a peer network of cross-sector leaders from 8 counties, all committed to a collective impact approach that can reduce disparities, boost local economies and prepare them for the future of work. Selected counties will not only receive free technical assistance, access to national experts and peer learning opportunities, but also be nationally recognized as leaders in this field. The goal of the cohort is to increase residents’ access to career readiness and employment opportunities that help them achieve lifelong success. In return, counties can build new partnerships both across the public sector and with private employers. C4CS is supported by ECMC Foundation and the Walmart Foundation.

2023-2024 County Teams

NACo is excited to announce the selected 2023-2024 Counties for Career Success cohort members. Over the next year, these teams will connect with national subject matter experts, visit successful programs in peer communities and develop an action plan that creates lasting impacts on their local education and employment landscapes.

Daniel Doerger
Director of Workforce Innovation
University of Hawai'i Community Colleges

Nicole Anderson
Workforce Development Program Manager
Office of Economic Revitalization, City and County of Honolulu

Leina'ala Nakamura
Administrator
Department of Community Service, City and County of Honolulu

Tammy Green
Executive Director
Metropolitan Community College

Erin Porterfield
Executive Director
Heartland Workforce Solutions

Stefanie Torres Chan
Manager of Solutions Integration
Heartland Workforce Solutions

Melissa Sewick
Director
Department of General Assistance, Douglas County

Bo Drake
Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development; Interim Executive Vice President of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)
Chattanooga State Community College

Tucker McClendon
Deputy County Mayor, Education and Workforce Development
Hamilton County Government

Alexa LeBoeuf
Director, Economic and Community Development
Hamilton County Government

Minah Woo
Vice President of Workforce, Innovation, and Strategic Partnerships
Howard Community College

Francine Trout
Director
Howard County Office of Workforce Development

Jackie Scott
Director
Department of Community Resources and Services, Howard County Government

Marguerite Himmelberg
Executive Director of Work-Based Learning
Southeast Community College

Dylan Wren
Workforce Administrator
American Job Center, Lancaster and Saunders Counties

Sara Hoyle
Director of Human Services
Lancaster County

Jason Weinstein
Chief Officer, Corporate Engagement
Maricopa Community Colleges

Jared Beard
Assistant Director, Workforce Development Division
Maricopa County Human Services Department

Jacqueline Edwards
Director
Maricopa County Human Services Department

Susan Corlew
Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Innovation
SUNY (State University of New York) Adirondack

Jenniffer McCloskey
Director of Workforce Development
Saratoga County Department of Workforce Development

Andy Gilpin
Executive Director
CAPTAIN Community Human Services

Joel King
Superintendent
Warren County Career Center

Josh Hisle
Deputy Director
Warren County OhioMeansJobs

Tanya Sellers
Deputy Director
Warren County Children's Services

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