New York, NY (February 21, 2019) – Today, the NYC Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) announced that David Garza, CEO and President of Henry Street Settlement and Aaron Shiffman, Executive Director of Brooklyn Workforce Innovations have been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Effective immediately, David will serve as the Board Secretary and Aaron will serve as an at-large member.


Additionally, NYCETC welcomed five new Board Members:

  • Katie Beck Sutler, Vice President of Workforce Development, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation;
  • Francesca Fiore, Associate Dean of Workforce Development & Business Services, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY);
  • Tom Ogletree, Senior Director of Social Impact and External Affairs, General Assembly;
  • Diallo Shabazz, Chief Administrator, DC37 Education Fund; and
  • Christopher Watler, New York State Executive Director, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)


“We could not be more thrilled to have the elevated guidance of these two phenomenal leaders in David and Aaron on our Executive Committee”, said Joey Ortiz, Executive Director of NYCETC. “In addition to leading organizations that are models in the field, they have been model Members with nearly four decades of combined commitment to our organization. We also proudly welcome Katie, Francesca, Tom, Diallo, and Chris to the leadership of NYCETC. As our field continues to expand and grow, we must continually strengthen our voice to achieve our shared goal of economic inclusion and equitable futures for every New Yorker. The invaluable insight and diversity of experience brought by these five new members does just that.”


“As the co-chairs of NYCETC, we are excited to welcome Francesca Fiore & LaGuardia Community College, Tom Ogletree & General Assembly, Diallo Shabazz & DC37, Katie Beck Sutler & the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Christopher Watler & Center for Employment Opportunities to the Board of the Coalition. Collectively, they and their organizations represent some of the best work in the field, and we are excited for their perspectives to shape how we represent workforce development in New York”, said Julie Shapiro & Kelly Richardson, Co-Chairs of the NYCETC Board of Directors. “We further celebrate David Garza’s and Aaron Shiffman’s election to new leadership roles within the board on the Executive Committee. David and Aaron are long-time board members and field experts with decades of experience running exceptionally high performing organizations. Moreover, they share our commitment to building the field through partnership, and we are proud to lead alongside them.”


“Employment is a fundamental building block of self-sufficiency, human dignity, and the economy of New York City,” said David Garza, CEO and President of Henry Street Settlement. “That is just one of the many reasons why I’m honored and proud to join the leadership of the NYCETC—which is an important, unifying, and leading voice on behalf of job seekers, providers, the business community, and the field.”


“I look forward to returning to the NYCETC Executive Committee and furthering the committee’s critical work under the leadership of Co-Chairs Julie Shapiro and Kelly Richardson, and Executive Director Joey Ortiz”, said Aaron Shiffman, Executive Director of Brooklyn Workforce Innovations. “BWI’s impact is magnified by the NYCETC’s advocacy and field-building efforts, and I am confident our collective momentum will build in the coming year given the experience and dedication of the board members I have the honor of working alongside.”


“It is an honor to join the ranks of the NYCETC board” said Katie Beck Sutler, Vice President of Workforce Development at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, “and to be part of a community committed to ensuring New Yorkers have pathways to economic opportunity and mobility, and companies are able to grow in NYC with the help of qualified, skilled employees and future employees.”


“At LaGuardia, we’ve had great success partnering with local employers to design job-specific training programs that prepare New Yorkers for careers in fast-growing, in-demand fields, from software development to medical assistance”, said Francesca Fiore, Associate Dean of Workforce Development & Business Services at LaGuardia Community College. “As a member of NYCETC’s Board of Directors, I plan to help expand these tried and tested programs to reach every New Yorker in every borough. I’m excited to work with this incredible group of creative advocates, who are all dedicated to ensuring that real pathways exist for underemployed and unemployed New Yorkers to good, steady jobs that enable them to provide better lives for themselves and their families.”


“General Assembly collaborates with employers and nonprofits in New York City to offer training programs that enable talented adults from underserved and overlooked communities to pursue tech careers” said Tom Ogletree, Senior Director of Social Impact and External Affairs at General Assembly, a company closing tech skills gaps. “I’m excited to join the NYCETC board and be a part of an organization dedicated to ensuring that every New Yorker has the opportunity to thrive and to pursue work they love.”


“‘Harambee’, the Swahili word for ‘pulling together’, best defines the spirit of innovation and collaboration of the NYCETC”, said Diallo Shabazz, Chief Administrator of DC37 Educational Fund. “It is a privilege to join NYCETC as a board member, and to support the organization’s dedication to ensuring the NYC labor market provides high-quality training and good jobs for all workers.”


“I am honored to join such an amazing group of committed and talented Board colleagues, staff and member organizations working to strengthen our local economy”, said Christopher Watler, Executive Director of New York State Executive Director, Center for Employment Opportunities. “All New Yorkers deserve the opportunity to work and pursue a career that enables them to live their lives with dignity.”



The NYC Employment and Training Coalition supports the workforce and economic development community to ensure that every New Yorker has access to the skills, training and education needed to thrive in the local economy, and that every business is able to maintain a highly skilled workforce. Founded in 1997 as the membership organization for New York City workforce development service providers, NYCETC has emerged as a citywide and national leader in workforce and economic development by advancing policy priorities and convening the sector to build capacity by sharing information and best practices.

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