Who We Are

Founded in 1997, the New York City Employment and Training Coalition is the voice of New York’s workforce development community. We are the largest city-based workforce development association in the country with over 220 members providing jobs for over 600,000 New Yorkers.

Our members create jobs and connect underserved New Yorkers — primarily New Yorkers of color, New Yorkers with low- or moderate-incomes, New Yorkers with multiple barriers to employment, and New Yorkers who have been left out of the growing economy due to systemic and historic marginalization — to opportunities so they can support their families and give back to their communities.

Team Members


Gregory J Morris
Chief Executive Officer


Stephanie Birmingham
Director of Community and Operations


Board of Directors

Officers + Executive Committee

Kathleen Culhane (Chair), President, Nontraditional Employment for Women

Jennifer Mitchell (Vice-Chair), Executive Director, The Doe Fund

David Garza (Secretary), President and CEO, Henry Street Settlement

Valerie Payne (Treasurer), Executive Director, Rebuilding Together NYC

Aaron Shiffman, Executive Director, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations


Ben Thomases, Executive Director, Queens Community House

Christopher Watler, Executive Vice President, Center for Employment Opportunities

Dr. Darlene Williams, President and CEO, Union Settlement

Darren Bloch, CEO, Greenwich House

David Meade*, Executive Director, Building Skills NY

David Nidus, Executive Director, Andromeda Community Initiative

Debbie Roman, Managing Director, Per Scholas

Faith Wiggins, Director, Homecare Education Fund, 1199SEIU Training & Employment Funds

Hannah Weinstock, Senior Director of Workforce Development, LaGuardia Community College

Helen Kogan, Executive Director, Metro, NPower

Janelle Farris, President and Executive Director, Brooklyn Community Services

Eileen F Reilly, Consultant

Jerelyn Rodriguez, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Knowledge House

Katy Gaul-Stigge, CEO, Goodwill Industries of New York and Northern New Jersey

Keith Rasmussen, Executive Director, Seedco

Kilsys Payamps-Roure, Executive Director, Braven in New York City

Lakythia Ferby, Executive Vice President of Programs & Impact, STRIVE NY

Leslie Abbey, CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen

Mike Dunne, Northeast Director, Equus Workforce Solutions

Paula Bailey*, Executive Vice President, Grant Associates

Shari Krull, Executive Director, StreetWise Partners

Wayne Ho*, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chinese-American Planning Council

*Chair of a Board Committee

Past Board Chairs

Julie Shapiro, The Door

Kelly Richardson, Per Scholas

Phil Weinberg, Strive

Randy Peers, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Workforce Policy and Strategy Council

Anh-Thu Nguyen, Democracy at Work Institute

Betty Ann Tamaisar, BronxWorks, Inc.

Gisele Castro, exalt

Joseph McDonald, Institute for Career Development (ICD)

Kelly Washburn, Fedcap Inc.

Marco Damiani, AHRC New York City

Michael Conway, Stacks and Joules

Michael Roberts, Comprehensive Youth Development

Nadia Sadloski, The Doe Fund

Pablo Torres, Friends of The High Line

Rebecca Lurie, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies; Community and Worker Ownership Project

Stacy Bliagos, HANAC, Inc.

Tonya Gayle, Green City Force





Ford Foundation


Ira W. De Camp Foundation

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

NYC Workforce Funders

Robin Hood Foundation

Event Sponsors

America Works of New York


Brooklyn Community Services

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

Building Skills NY


Center for Employment Opportunities

Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc.

Commonpoint Queens


Fedcap Inc

General Assembly

Goodwill Industries of NYNJ

Grant Associates

Henry Street Settlement

Hot Bread Kitchen

JP Morgan Chase

LaGuardia Community College

Lester Fund

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center




NYC Mayor’s Office of Talent and Workforce Development


Per Scholas

Public Works Partners

Rebuilding Together NYC


StreetWise Partners


The Data School powered by The Information Lab

The HOPE Program

The Knowledge House

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation

Workforce Development Institute

Workforce Professionals Training Institute

Business Partners


Association for a Better New York


Bloomberg LP

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Civic Hall



Company Ventures


HR&A Advisors

L&M Development Partners


Long Island City Partnership

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Queens Chamber of Commerce

Regional Plan Association

Staten Island Chamber of Commerce


The Thinkubator


Workforce Partners

Center for NYC Affairs at The New School (CNYCA)

Center for an Urban Future (CUF)

City University of New York (CUNY)

Consortium for Worker Education (CWE)

Invest in Skills NY/C


Literacy Assistance Center (LAC)

New York Association for Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI)

Inclusive Growth Partners

Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development (ANHD)

NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative (IGI)

Regional Plan Association (RPA)

Human Services Partners

Asian American Federation

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)

Hispanic Federation

Human Services Council (HSC)

National Urban League

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Urban League

Nonprofit New York

United Neighborhood Houses (UNH)