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Governor appoints EDC-VC president/CEO to California Workforce Investment Board
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently appointed Bruce Stenslie, president/CEO of the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County, to the state’s Workforce Investment Board.
The Workforce Investment Board was established by mandate of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The board has statutory responsibility for oversight of the state's allocation of federal Workforce Investment Act funds. These funds are distributed by the state to local Workforce Investment Boards for increasing workforce skills and creating and retaining jobs. In Ventura County, the funds are programmed through a partnership between the local Workforce Investment Board and the County Board of Supervisors.
“Workforce issues and connections between employers and workers have long been my personal passions and, not coincidentally, important pieces of our local economic competitiveness,”
Serving with the appointees are government leaders, including Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley, Employment Development Department Director Pam Harris, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, Department of Apprenticeship Standards Director Diane Ravnik and Labor & Workforce Development Agency Secretary Marty Morgenstern.
Prior to joining EDC-VC in 2007, Stenslie was deputy director at the California Workforce Association and executive director of the Workforce Investment Board for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. Stenslie is a member of the California Association of Local Economic Development Executive Committee, the Community Action Ventura County Board of Directors and the California Enterprise Development Authority Board of Directors. He is also a Commissioner for First Five Ventura County.
EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-