Maxine Suka is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) and currently serves as the Director of Workforce Operations for KRA Corporation overseeing the career centers in San Diego County. She is an expert at integrating workforce operations with those of business, community and co-located partner agencies and organizations and excels in directing innovating service-delivery systems, including the successful implementation of several workforce services pilot programs.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision is to ensure long-term economic viability for our communities and regions through education as well as to create innovative strategies to focus on employer engagement, strengthening of core programs, dissemination of best practices and promoting effective use of technology to enhance service delivery. As leaders in workforce development, it is vital to have a commitment to excellence in the workforce & workplace and this could be achieved through improvement of the profession overall.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I earned a Specialized Certificate in Workforce Development Career Advising from UCSD. As a lifelong learner, I aim to proactively create a world-class professional and technical workforce based on occupational proficiency as well as to enhance and preserve a collective sense of creative and intellectual competencies in the workforce development industry. I firmly believe that NAWDP is the premier membership association and platform that can accomplish this professional passion of mine.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
As a CWDP and a member of the first cohort of NAWDP’s New and Emerging Professionals (NEP) Program, I would like to continue to bring to fruition a number of initiatives that I have started to ensure the growth of NAWDP. It is time to engage traditional partners in new ways and engage non-traditional partners to address long-standing challenges and increase the system’s reach and capacity. With my professional experience, I will be an asset to the organization and its mission.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
Our biggest challenge today is the need for recognition of workforce development as a profession with a career pathway which allows professionals to remain and grow within the workforce development field. The profession will provide the skills needed to coordinate economic development efforts and activities, promote the nation’s availability of qualified workers; and create cooperation and coordination among public organizations, education agencies and private businesses.