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Mission and Governance
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The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) is a professional association representing individual workforce development and human resources practitioners, who connect jobseekers, educators and companies to advance the American economy.

NAWDP 's mission is to advance the workforce development profession by providing training and resources to its members, improve the effectiveness of the nation’s workforce development programs, and enhanc public-private cooperation in the pursuit of full employment.

NAWDP is governed and managed by a Board of Directors who are elected to represent the views and the needs of the NAWDP membership of the area they are elected to represent.

Directors set the goals and objectives for the association, plan and approve the association’s budget and develop new initiatives for the organization.   Members of the Board serve as volunteers without compensation or reimbursement of expenses. They contribute their time and resources to advance the profession of workforce development.

NAWDP's Board manages the organization using an active committee structure.  In addition to the Executive Committee, current activities governed through committee work include:

  • Advocacy
  • Awards
  • Certification (Documents/Processes, and Reviewers)
  • Conference
  • E-Learning & Regional Offerings
  • Elections and Nominations
  • Finance
  • Governance and Bylaws
  • Innovation
  • Membership
  • New and Emerging Professionals
  • Partnerships


Committee Chairs are appointed by the Board Chair. Committee chairs are empowered to select committee members, although committee chairs are strongly encouraged to be as open as possible when making those selections.

NAWDP members who do not serve on the Board are eligible and encouraged to serve on a committee.

Each committee is expected to create and follow an annual work plan that identifies long-term objectives, establishes short-term goals and timelines, outlines specific activities that committee members will undertake during the year.