Workforce Development Board


  • 4th Thursday of every other month

The Durham Workforce Development Board Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 17th at 8:30 AM has been canceled. Please contact [email protected] for additional information.

Please note that the Durham Workforce Development Board has rescheduled it’s Thursday, July 27, 2023 meeting to August 24, 2023. (We will resume the established schedule following this change).

Rescheduled Board Meeting:

Thursday, August 24, 2023

8:30 – 10:00 AM


The Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs

411 West Chapel Hill Street, Suite 500

Durham NC 207701

New DWDB Logo


 January 27, 2022  8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Durham Technical Community College
Phail Wynn. Jr. Student Services Center

March 24, 2022

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Durham Technical Community College
Phail Wynn. Jr. Student Services Center
May 19, 2022*  8:30 AM-12:30 PM Durham Tech Community College Phail Wynn Center
Building 10, 1637 E. Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703
(limited capacity)

August 25, 2022   8:30 AM-10:00 AM TBA
 September 22, 2022   8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Durham Technical Community College
Phail Wynn. Jr. Student Services Center

 November 17, 2022   8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Durham Technical Community College
Phail Wynn. Jr. Student Services Center

*rescheduled due to DWBD retreat

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are posted prior to the Durham Workforce Development Board’s scheduled bi-monthly meetings.  Conversely, Minutes are posted once they have been approved by the DWDB at its bi-monthly meeting.  If Minutes are not listed, it means that they have not been approved by the appropriate entity.  Should you have questions, please contact Dr. Joyce B. Johnson, Assistant to the Durham Workforce Development Board, at 919-560-4965.  

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

local area plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each Local Area Workforce Development Board (WDB) to develop and submit, in partnership with the chief local elected official (CLEO), a comprehensive four-year plan. Comprehensive Four-Year Plans were submitted in May 2023.

In North Carolina, annually, each Local Area WDB, in consultation with the chief local elected official, is to provide updates to the Comprehensive Four-Year Plan. The WIOA Program Year (PY) 2023 Plan is to provide current information and be effective July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 and will include required current local policies.

Public Comment – The Durham WDB shall make copies of the proposed Local Area Plan available to the public through electronic and other means, and allow for public comment between May 8, 2023 and June 9, 2023. Comments may be submitted to [email protected] with Public Comment written in the subject line. All comments, including comments in disagreement will be submitted to the NC Division of Workforce Solutions. If such comments are received after Plan Update submission, Durham will submit those comments through an Administrative Adjustment to NC Division of Workforce Solutions. [WIOA Section 108(d)]

Read the 2023 WIOA Plan


Board Officers

  • Jeff Frederick, Chair (Private Sector) RTI International
  • Rebecca Axford, 1st Vice Chair, Youth Council Subcommittee (Labor and Apprenticeship Organization), Raleigh-Durham Electrical JATC
  • Ashley McKenna, Chair, NCWorks Career Center Subcommittee (Vocational Rehabilitation Services), NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nicole Thompson, Chair, Business Services Subcommittee (Economic Development Agency), Downtown Durham, Inc.
  • Susan Amey, Chair, Marketing and Communication Subcommittee (Private Sector), Discover Durham

Private Sector

  • Kevin Griffin, Avant Group, LLC
  • Elaine Madison, Duke University, Education and Workforce Collaborations
  • Scott McGregor, Cisco
  • ​Henry Clay McKoy, Jr., PoliHire
  • Ari Medoff, Nurse Care of North Carolina
  • ​Ernie Mills, Durham Rescue Mission

Labor and Apprenticeship Organization

  •  Rebecca Axford, Raleigh-Durham Electrical JATC

Labor Organization

  • Roger Shumate, IUEC Local 80

Agency that Serves People with Barriers to Employment

  • Rhonda Stevens, Durham County Department of Social Services​

Out-of-School Youth Organization

  • Quille Coath, Jr., Durham Proud Program

Community-Based Organization Addressing The Needs of Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities

  • James Alston, Triangle Veterans Wellness Outreach Center

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

  • Ashley J. McKenna, M.S.-- Vocational Rehabilitation Services

State Employment Service

  • Kenneth Angeli, North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions (Wagner-Peyser Act Position)

Higher Education/NCCU

  • Dr. Anthony Nelson, Dean, NCCU School of Business

Adult Education & Literacy

  • Gregory Bellamy, Durham Technical Community College

Local Education Agency

  • Dr. Julie Pack, Durham Public Schools

Economic Development

  • Geoff Durham, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

Public Official Liaisons (Non-Voting)

  • DeDreana Freeman, Durham City Council​
  • Nimasheena Burns, Durham County Commissioner
  • Brenda Howerton, Durham County Commissioner


The Durham Workforce Development Board (DWDB) was established by federal legislation and is a consortium agreement between the City and County of Durham. The purpose of the board is to facilitate, plan and coordinate workforce development resources to maximize the efforts of government, business, and education.

Through collaborative partnerships, the board is the local policy organization responsible for the planning, oversight and coordination of workforce development initiatives that help support economic development in Durham and the region. It provides leadership to the local workforce system by promoting a responsive workforce development system, providing guidance and exercising independent oversight regarding activities under the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act and programs within the NCWorks Career Center.


By law, the majority of board members must represent the private sector, with the balance of the board being comprised of representatives from:
  • Community-based organizations
  • Educational agencies
  • Employment services
  • Public assistance and economic development agencies
  • Organized labor services
  • Rehabilitation agencies


Members serve 4-year terms without compensation and must reside within the limits of Durham County or have their principal place of business within the Durham County limits.

Vision Statement

The DWDB envisions a competitive workforce system that consistently meets the needs of Durham businesses, job
seekers, and youth.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to set direction for the NCWorks: Connecting Talent to Jobs system, so that it is the best source for businesses to find top talent.

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program - Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Special Initiatives

Durham YouthWork Internship Program