New York, NY (January 8, 2019) – Today, the NYC Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) announced that Julie Shapiro, Executive Director at The Door and Kelly Richardson, Managing Director of Newark and New York at Per Scholas have been elected Co-Chairs of its Board of Directors. In this capacity, Julie and Kelly will play a key role in NYCETC’s mission to advance inclusive and skills-based workforce development initiatives across New York City. Julie and Kelly succeed Phil Weinberg, President & CEO of STRIVE, who has concluded his term after three years as NYCETC Board Chair, marking a period of growth and renewal for the Coalition.

Founded in 1997 by leaders in the workforce community, NYCETC has emerged as a citywide and national leader in workforce and economic development. Recently, NYCETC Executive Director Joey Ortiz was named to the Community Advisory Committee formed by New York City and New York State governments to provide a platform for local concerns tied to the development of Amazon’s HQ2 in Long Island City.

Julie L. Shapiro is an established and respected nonprofit executive with 20 years of experience improving outcomes in employment, education, health, legal status and housing for low-income adults and youth. Since joining as Executive Director in 2010, The Door has tripled in growth, including: the addition of two supportive housing sites; launching Broome Street Academy, New York City’s only charter high school that prioritizes foster care and homeless youth; assuming responsibility for the Bronx Youth Center, which offers an extensive portfolio of career and education programs; and expanding its longstanding employer partnership with Gap, Inc and its cornerstone This Way Ahead program, which has provided paid internships to over 1,200 New York City youth to date.

Kelly Richardson brings over a decade of advocacy, strategy, and relationship management expertise to her role as NYCETC Co-Chair. She has served as a NYCETC Board Member since 2017; has led Per Scholas’ New York market since 2015; has managed the organization’s expansion into Brooklyn and Newark, NJ; and has built an extensive network of major partners, including the development of new Cybersecurity training in partnership with Barclays. Previously, Kelly held an operations role at Per Scholas, and several roles in workforce development policy and planning at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, as well as working in the private sector.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, team and membership of more than 150 workforce and economic development organizations, I thank outgoing Board Chair Phil Weinberg for his years of service and contributions to our mission, and personally thank him for his close partnership and mentorship over the last year since I joined NYCETC”, said Joey Ortiz, Executive Director of NYCETC. “Today marks an important day in NYCETC’s evolution as the leading voice for  New York City’s workforce development community. Julie and Kelly are two of the city’s most accomplished leaders in our field at two of the city’s premier institutions. Under their leadership, NYCETC is better positioned than ever to achieve our shared goal of economic inclusion and equitable futures, regardless of socioeconomic status or cultural background, for every New Yorker.”

Left to right: Julie Shapiro (The Door), Joey Ortiz (NYCETC) and Kelly Richardson (Per Scholas)

“I’m thrilled to be chairing the NYC Employment and Training Coalition, and to be doing so in partnership with Kelly Richardson of Per Scholas,” said Julie L. Shapiro, Executive Director of The Door and NYCETC Board Co-Chair. “Because of my long association with NYCETC, I have a deep appreciation for the critical role it plays in promoting the best policies and programs that connect the city’s jobseekers with sustainable, living wage jobs. The Coalition is at a compelling moment in its history under the new leadership of its supremely talented Executive Director Joey Ortiz. I am so excited to work with Joey and Kelly and the rest of the board and staff to make positive change in New York’s workforce development system. In embracing the co-chair roles, Kelly and I are also hoping to highlight the power of partnership in the field, as The Door/ Per Scholas partnership is a wonderful example of the type of success that is possible when each organization brings its expertise and creativity to bear on finding solutions to expand opportunity.”

“It is a deep honor to serve as Co-Chair of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition. The Coalition is the leading voice for an inclusive and equitable workforce in the city, and its work is incredibly important during this time of industry transformation for New York,” said Kelly Richardson, Per Scholas Managing Director, Newark & New York, and NYCETC Board Co-Chair. “I am fortunate to have learned so much from the Coalition’s leadership in the past decade, and look forward to supporting Joey Ortiz and the Coalition team as they drive change in our city. I am also proud to serve alongside Julie Shapiro, whose leadership is responsible for an organizational partnership between Per Scholas and The Door that has significantly expanded access to technology careers for hundreds of young adults. The City of New York must invest more in partnerships that provide equitable access for New Yorkers to growth-sector careers.

“NYCETC is a vital force for New Yorkers and the organizations that support their career success”, said Phil Weinberg, President and CEO of STRIVE. “As my term as NYCETC Board Chair concludes, I’m so proud of this Coalition’s achievements, and with such outstanding new leadership in place, I’ve never been more optimistic about what the Coalition will accomplish for New Yorkers in the years ahead.”

“Barclays is proud to congratulate Kelly Richardson and Julie Shapiro on their roles as Co-Chairs of the New York City Employment Training Coalition,” said Mark Thain, Director of Social Innovation at Barclays. “Our partnership with Per Scholas, beginning in 2012, is driven by a critical business need to develop diverse and qualified talent for our New York City regional operations. We recognize that talent pipelines and equitable career opportunities do not happen without the collaboration of both employers, providers and the city, and we are thrilled to have Per Scholas and The Door in leadership roles at the NYC Employment and Training Coalition.”

Together, Per Scholas and The Door jointly operate a training program called TechBridge for young adults aged 18-24. TechBridge is a five-week course designed to provide participants with professional skills, networking opportunities, and technical abilities that lay the foundation for new avenues to long-term career success. The program is offered at no cost to accepted students, and participants have the opportunity to enroll directly in Per Scholas’ 15-week IT training course upon successfully completing its requirements. This strong partnership precedent underscores the organizations’ commitment to building pathways toward economic security and career advancement for New Yorkers of all educational and economic backgrounds. Further, it reflects the Coalition’s core mission of advancing an interconnected and effective workforce development system of service providers and employer partners that is responsive to the rapidly changing needs of the local economy, businesses and residents.

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 played a vital role in the workforce community by advancing policy priorities and convening the sector to build capacity by sharing information and best practices.

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Annie Garneva
Director, Communications and Member Services

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