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About the Governor’s Workforce Board

About the Governor’s Workforce Board
The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) was established by Executive Order on September 22, 2005 to integrate the functions of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) and Human Resource Investment Council (HRIC). The GWB was formally established under RI General Law, Title 42-102, in June, 2014 as the primary policy-making body on workforce development matters for the State of Rhode Island, with statutory responsibility and authority to plan, coordinate, fund and evaluate workforce development activities in the state. The GWB consists of 21 members representing business, labor, education, community, and government who establish workforce development policy and plans and also allocate state Job Development Funds (JDF). GWB members also serve as the SWIB to oversee federal Workforce Investment Act Title I-B funds.

The GWB determines funding priorities for the JDF and allocates annual funds accordingly. The GWB currently allocates funding into several broad categories: funds for employers through incumbent worker training grants and industry partnership support; funds for youth centers and summer youth employment; funds for work readiness, work experience, occupational skills training, and hiring incentives for unemployed and under-employed workers; and funds to increase workforce system capacity and integration. Since 2009, the legislature has also appropriated JDF funds directly to the RI Department of Education to support adult education services.    

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You can contact the Governor's Workforce Board RI by phone, fax, mail or email.

Governor's Workforce Board
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 72-2
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-8860 | Fax: (401) 462-8865 | TTY via RI Relay: 711

About the Staff

Heather Hudson, Executive Director

Heather can be reached at (401) 462-2425.

Robert Kalaskowski, Assistant Chief of Policy and Planning

Robert can be reached at 401-462-8778.

Dan Brown, Chief Implementation Aide

Dan can be reached at (401) 462-8823.

Amelia-Anne Roberts, Data and Performance Manager

Amelia can be reached at 401-462-8864.

Pauline Abetti, Director Career Pathways

Pauline can be reached at (401)462-8859


Matthew O’Brien, Coordinator Employment & Training Programs

Matthew can be reached at (401)462-8735


Governor's Workforce Board-Rhode Island
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

GWB is an equal opportunity employer/program - auxiliary aids and services available upon request
Phone: (401) 462-8860
Fax (401) 462-8865
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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