Board Governance

Napa, Marin, Mendocino and Lake counties have pooled their job-growth efforts to form the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay. 


The Napa-Lake Workforce Investment Board, formed in 2011, combined with the Employment and Training Branch of Social Services in the county of Marin’s Department of Health & Human Services in 2017. Later that year the County of Mendocino joined the Alliance. The counties decided to merge for various regions including common industries, labor pool and workforce and a desire to consolidate both the administrative and the planning functions from the three counties into a single governance structure.

Pursuant to a Joint Powers Agreement, the Counties, through their respective Board of Supervisors, agreed to the establishment of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay (WANB), consisting of representatives from each geographical area. The Join Powers of Agreement specifies the roles and responsibilities of each party.  The Board of Supervisors appoints members to the Alliance for two-year terms. The majority of members are from the business sector in each county. Other represents economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations.

The role of the Advisory Committees is to over see Workforce Investment Act funds that support the programs and services provided through a partnership of public agencies whose customers are businesses requiring support around workforce issues and job seekers requiring job search services and/or education and training.

The County Advisory Committees make recommendations to the Regional Workforce Development Board. The Regional Board approves and sends to the Governing Board for final approval.

Workforce Alliance of the North Bay is grateful to the following individuals who have volunteered their time and talents to serve on our Boards and Advisory Subcommittees. If you are interested in joining one of our boards, please complete the Membership Application.

Governing Board
Regional Workforce Development Board 


Workforce Alliance of the North Bay
Governing Board

Damon Connolly
Marin County

Eddie “EJ” Crandell
Lake County

Dan Gjerde
Mendocino County

Alfredo Pedroza
Napa County

Dennis Rodoni
Marin County

Moke Simon
Lake County

Brad Wagenknecht
Napa County

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Workforce Alliance of the North Bay 
Regional Workforce Development Board

Executive Committee

Jeri Hansen, Chair
Sustainable Napa County

Mary Ann Mancuso, Napa Chair
Napa Valley Hire Resources

Monica Rosenthal, Lake Chair
R Vineyards

Suzie Byrne, Marin Chair
Area Quality Leader
Kaiser Permanente

Lene Vinding, Mendocino Chair
Accounting Manager
Pamala’s Products

Regional Board Members

Emilia Bartolomeu
Deputy Division Chief
California Employment Development Department

Tony Castillo
Director of Pre-Apprenticeship
Northern California Laborers Union

Paul Castro
California Human Development

Frank Cuneo
Training Fund Administrator
Bay Area Industrial Training Fund
Sheet Metal Local 104

Robert Eyler
Dean, School of Extended & International Education
Sonoma State University
Member, Marin Economic Forum

Kelley Hartman
Senior Vice President
Nelson Staffing

Paul Hicks
Vice President
Payroll Masters

Ken Lippi
Assistant Superintendent
Marin County Office of Education

Beth Pratt
Dean, Career & Technical Education
College of Marin

Bill Scott
Business Manager
Marin Building & Construction Trades Council

Hunter Stern
Labor Union Representative
IBEW 1245

David Wayte
District Administrator
Department of Rehabilitation

Joanne Webster
President & CEO
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

Rick Wells
Marin Builders Association

Cecilia Zamora
Executive Director
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin County

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Workforce Alliance of the North Bay’s network of career centers, employment and training initiatives, and programs result in a regional talent pool that drives economic growth for businesses and social mobility for workers and career seekers in the North Bay.