Valaryee Mitchell is the Director of the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building. Mrs. Mitchell previously served as the Workforce Administrator for the Department. Mitchell has over 18 years of progressive experience with workforce programs including those serving youth, adults, people living in poverty, dislocated workers, re-entry and business. She has worked on many initiatives throughout her career centered around workforce development and is passionate about workforce.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision for the workforce development profession is that we are looked towards as the first line of defense in regards to economic development, career pathways, and poverty reduction. I want workforce programs to be recognized nationally for the positive impacts made to the lives of unemployed and underemployed people. I am interested in seeing workforce development move towards cutting edge practices that involve innovation, technology, and utilization of best practices.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My passion in regards to workforce development is to impact people living in poverty who have the most challenges to gaining and retaining employment. Assisting them with climbing the ladder to success is important to me. I am passionate about helping people reach their goals and change their lives. Workforce development is not just a job to me it is my life and it is a passion I have.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I am interested in continuing to serve on the Board because I believe in NAWDP as an organization. I want to continue to help NAWDP grow and improve. The organization has made great strides and I want to be involved in moving it to the next level.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The biggest challenge is that some people do not see workforce as a profession. You do not learn about workforce as a career path as a child. I think that NAWDP can be critical in helping to shape the next generation of workforce development professionals.
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