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Who We Are

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 enhance 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. Click here for more information on board composition. 

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:

Certification and Learning - Dr. Beverly Johnson
Elections - Brenda Motley-Aikens
Events - Dave Brady
Finance - Paul Pappasergi
Governance - Paul Pappasergi
Marketing - Terri Leisten
Membership - Kimberly Staley
Workforce Development Professional Registered Apprenticeship - Mary Ann Lawrence

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.


NAWDP’s origins can be traced back to the 1984 formation of the National Job Training Partnership, Inc. (NJTP), a 501 (c)3 organization with the mission of promoting cooperation and providing information in support of programs under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and related programs.

Based on recommendations by the JTPA Advisory Commission, and with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, NJTP launched the Partnership for Training and Employment Careers (PTEC) in 1989 as a project to help professionalize the field.

In 1992, PTEC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 non-profit association to offer workforce development professionals a national association for skill-building, recognition and standards. At the same time, the NJTP was renamed the Partnership Education Fund (PEF).

In 1994, members voted to change PTEC’s name to the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). Today, NAWDP and PEF share the same Board of Directors and staff.

NAWDP approved the plan to offer the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) certification in 1997, and it was endorsed by the NAWDP Board and launched in 1999.

In 2004, three specialty endorsements were added to the CWDP: Job Seeker, Business Services and Management Services. The Youth Services Endorsement was added in 2006, and in 2013, the CWDP competencies were updated and approved