About WDC

Since 1977, the WDC has worked closely with Mayors and their representatives to influence Congress, policy, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in directing employment and training funds throughout the country. The WDC works to ensure that workforce development activities are a key focus of cities. The WDC also supports and informs the work of the USCM Committee on Jobs, Education and Workforce.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Chair, Jobs, Education and Workforce Standing Committee, with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos and Vikrum Aiyer, Vice President of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, Postmates, at Preparing the Workforce of the Future session at the 86th Winter Meeting.

WDC President Andrew McGough, Executive Director of Worksystems, Inc., Portland, OR; Former WDC President Laurie Larrea, President, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Chair, Education Excellence Task Force; U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Chair, Jobs, Education and Workforce Standing Committee during Preparing the Workforce of the Future session at 86th Winter Meeting.

Newly elected WDC Officers Second Vice President Trinh Nguyen, Director, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Boston; First Vice President Mark Mattke, CEO, Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, and President Judy McDonald, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, during 86th Winter Meeting.

WDC Second Vice President Trinh Nguyen, Director, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Boston; WDC President Judy McDonald, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County; Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price; Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, and Commissioner Ruth Hughes, Texas Workforce Commission, at WDC Board Meeting in Fort Worth in April.

Ilana Levenson, Senior Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at YouthBuild USA and Alice Prince, Executive Director of SLATE Missouri Career Center in St. Louis, discussing YouthBuild, the Skills Gap and Opportunity Youth during the USCM Workforce Development Council meeting at the 86th Annual Conference of Mayors in Boston.

WDC Members Nick Schultz, Executive Director of the Pacific Gateway WIB in Long Beach; Mark Mattke, First Vice President of WDC and CEO of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council in Spokane, and Marie Mackintosh, COO of EmployIndy in Indianapolis during a Site Visit to learn about Career Pathways at Boston’s Career Link during the 86th Annual Conference of Mayors in Boston.

WDC Members Kendall Cox, COO OF Workforce Solutions of Central Texas in Killeen; Susan Kamas, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, in Killeen; LaDonna Johns, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training in East Orange and Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central in Tacoma during a Site Visit to learn about Career Pathways at Boston’s Career Link during the 86th Annual Conference of Mayors in Boston.

Susan Kamas, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas in Killeen and Randy Johnson, Executive Director of Workforce Development, Inc. in Rochester during the USCM Workforce Development Council meeting at the 86th Annual Conference of Mayors in Boston.

Clyde McQueen, President and CEO of the Full Employment Council in Kansas City and Past President of the WDC; Mark Mattke, CEO of the Spokane Workforce Council and Trinh Nguyen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development in Boston during the USCM Workforce Development Council meeting at the 86th Annual Conference in Boston.

James Kirby, Program Manager for the USCM USDollarWise Campaign, brings WDC Members up to date on the Campaign during the WDC Meeting at the 86th Annual Conference of Mayors in Boston.

Mark Mattke, WDC First Vice President and CEO, Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, Spokane, WA; Judy McDonald, WDC President and Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Fort Worth, TX; Michael Gritton, WDC Past President and Executive Director, Kentuckiana Works, Louisville, KY; and Unique Morris-Hughes, Interim Director, Department of Employment Services, Washington, DC at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

CODE Louisville Update at WDC Board Meeting prior to the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

Pamela Nabors, WDC Board Member and President and CEO, CareerSource Central Florida, Orlando, FL and Linda Benedict, Business Development Director, CareerSource Suncoast, Bradenton, FL at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

Jesse McCree, WDC Board Member and CEO, South Central PA Works, York, PA; Tom Kavanaugh, WDC Board Member and Senior Consultant, Public Consulting Group for Elkhart, IN and Susan Kamas, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, Killeen, TX at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

Frank Avery, Executive Director, CareerSource North Central Florida, Gainesville, FL at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

Nick Schultz, WDC Board Member and Executive Director, Pacific Gateway WIB, Long Beach, CA at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

Jaime Cruz, Executive Director, Workforce Connections, Las Vegas, NV; Amanda Cage, Chief Program Officer, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago, IL; and Deborah Howell, Vice President, Innovation and Strategy, Workforce Central, Tacoma, WA at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

LaSetta Hogans, Executive Director, Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board, Phoenix, AZ; Michael Gritton, former WDC President and Executive Director, Kentuckiana Works, Louisville, KY, and Danielle Frazier, Chief Operating Officer, Charlotte Works, Charlotte, NC at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.

Earl Buford, Chief Executive Officer, Partner4Work, Pittsburgh, PA; Joe Backe, Communications Manager, EmployIndy, Indianapolis, IN; and Frank Avery, Executive Director, CareerSource North Central Florida, Gainesville, FL at the 29th Annual Congressional Forum.


Focus / Impact

  • WIOA: The WDC played a central role in
    the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
  • Policy: The WDC actively works to shape the legislative agenda and national policy.
  • Information: The WDC provides timely information and updates that are critical to our work (i.e.,  weekly emails, member alerts, meetings, and forums).
  • Access: WDC has developed extraordinary relationships with key policy makers and officials (DOL, Congress, and the White House), enabling meaningful dialogue/action.
  • Capacity Building: Through ongoing collaboration and sharing, WDC members are on the cutting edge and develop innovative approaches to workforce challenges.
  • Impact: Comprised of leading workforce professionals from throughout the country, WDC members are
    shaping the future of workforce development.

Members / Benefit

  • WDC members are leading professionals who have the responsibility to build, maintain, and govern urban workforce systems.
  • WDC’s quarterly forums are intimate, allowing for all members to interact with each other and the key officials who address, inform, and learn from the group.
  • A robust committee structure allows for engagement at all levels.
  • The WDC supports the strengthening of the mayoral role in our local workforce system, enabling deeper impact on a local level.
  • For more information on Membership, please contact Kathy Amoroso, kamoroso@usmayors.org, 202-861-6723, or Ida Mukendi, imukendi@usmayors.org, 202-861-6724.

CLICK HERE for more info about the United States Conference of Mayors Workforce and Development Council’s History and Background.

What is the WDC?

  • The WDC was established in 1977 by The U.S. Conference of Mayors to call national attention to the problems and potential of urban America in areas related to workforce development.
  • The WDC plays a leading role in all matters of national policy related to workforce development.
  • The WDC supports and informs the work of the USCM Standing Committee on Jobs, Education and Workforce.

What are the primary foci of the WDC?

  • Policy: The WDC actively works to shape the legislative agenda and national policy related to workforce development.
  • Information: The WDC provides timely information critical to doing our work at the local level (weekly emails, member alerts, meetings & forums). 
  • Capacity Building: By connecting with an active network of urban professionals, along with technical assistance and support from WDC staff, members of the WDC are better able to get ahead of the curve and develop innovative approaches to the challenges we face every day in our industry.

What is the WDC’s Competitive Advantage?

  • WDC members are all professionals who have the responsibility to build, maintain, and govern urban workforce systems.
  • WDC’s forums are intimate (approximately 50 to 60 participants), allowing for all members to interact with each other and the high-profile and knowledgeable officials who address the group.
  • WDC is governed by workforce professionals who have the same daily challenges as the membership.
  • An active committee structure allows for engagement at any level.
  • WDC is an arm of The United States Conference of Mayors – The work of the WDC directly supports the maintenance and strengthening of the mayoral role in the workforce system.
  • WDC is affordable and cost-effective.

What Does It Cost?

The Service Fee for annual membership is based on the population of the largest city in the local workforce development area that is a member of The United States Conference of Mayors.  Effective July 1, 2017, the service fee is as follows:

City Population Membership Fee
under 200,000 $907.50
200,000 – 500,000 $1,815.00
500, 000 – 1,000,000 $3,630.00
Over 1,000,000 $5,445.00
Associate (non-voting) non-Profit member $1,210.00
Associate (non-voting) for-profit member $5,445.00
For more information on how to join, please contact Ida Mukendi, imukendi@usmayors.org or (202) 861-6724.