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Region 2 Nominee Luayda Ortiz
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Nominee Bio-
I born in Puerto Rico and graduate from the University of PR in 1992. My journey in the National
Farmworkers Job Program started in Pennsylvania as a Training and Employment Coordinator. My experience in the program has been diverse. In 2008 moved to PR to be a the Deputy Field Operations in 2009 promoted to be Director and currently I'm the Senior Director for Training & Employment Services. I had acquired several certification that help me to grow as a professional and in my leadership.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision for the workforce development profession is to have the accessibility and opportunity to collaborate in finding innovative solutions by expanding and strengthening partnerships not only locally but nationwide with other organizations. My vision for the NAWDP Board is to enhance professional development resources continuing to be a leader for the profession in my regional area providing information, assistance, credentialing and networking opportunities.

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I am very passionate with my work as a workforce professional. I have worked in the training and employment field serving hard to serve populations for 19 years at PathStone Corporation. It is very rewarding helping the communities in Puerto Rico. I have the commitment to serve all the participants in need of our services and bring to them the best opportunities in training and assistance to change their lives.

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
My interest in serving on the board is to be able to connect professionals in Puerto Rico, New York, New Jersey and Virgin Island and also other professionals nationwide and give them access to ideas, resources, training, and credentialing opportunities. I am currently part of Work Investment Board in PR where I have the opportunity to represent other professionals in our field. Since early childhood and university years, I developed a strong interest and passion for helping others.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The workforce professionals are facing multiple challenges day to day: one of the most important are the limited resource to operate programs every year government is cutting more funds to different programs and also eliminate some others making difficult program operation. NAWDP Association is helping because is bring the opportunity to do networking that later one can be partnership and also offer the opportunity to train workforce professional at low cost saving money to operate program.