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Skills in the States Forum 2019

On October 23-24, National Skills Coalition hosted the 2019 Skills in the States Forum for Policy, Advocacy, and Impact in Atlanta, Georgia.

This Forum convened workforce advocates, researchers, practitioners, and others from across the country who are working to bring skills training opportunities to more people through policy changes in their states.  This year’s Forum highlighted the efforts of NSC’s SkillSPAN (Skills State Policy Advocacy Network) – a first-ever nationwide network of coalitions working to advance skills policies that expand economic opportunities for workers and their families while boosting local businesses.

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Featured Keynote Speaker and SkillSPAN Partner

Taifa Smith Butler — Executive Director, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Taifa Smith Butler is executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, where she leads and inspires the GBPI team to accomplish the organization’s mission and vision to improve economic opportunity for all Georgians. She is a problem solver, tireless champion for equity, working families and investing early in children — Georgia’s greatest asset.

As a SkillSPAN partner, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute is leading PROSPER Georgia, a coalition of workforce advocates who champion an inclusive economy. The coalition’s goal is to eliminate poverty in Georgia by removing barriers to meaningful, family-supporting jobs.

Steering Committee

The 2019 Skills in the States Forum was developed with guidance from workforce development leaders.

Alex Camardelle 
Senior Policy Analyst at Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Antiqua Cleggett  
Executive Director at Central Six AlabamaWorks!
Christian González-Rivera

Director of Strategic Policy Initiatives at
Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging,
Hunter College, CUNY
New York

  Jenna Morey
Vice President at Community Workforce at 
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, Inc.

James Reddish 
Executive Vice President at Little Rock Regional Chamber 
Sarah Robbins
Senior Manager of Youth Partnerships at 
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund 
Paula Schriefer 
President and CEO at Spring Institute for
Intercultural Learning

  Federico Zaragoza  
President and CEO at the College of Southern Nevada



The Skills in the States Forum is made possible through the generous financial support of: