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Workforce Partnership Welcomes New Board Members

The San Diego Workforce Partnership has added two new board members to its Workforce Development Board − Efrem Bycer and Jamie Gardner.

Bycer leads North America workforce policy partnerships and global sustainability policy partnerships for LinkedIn. He worked at the City of San Diego and the San Diego Regional EDC before launching Code for America’s Economic Development team, which focused on improving the user experience of workforce development services

Gardner oversees Watkins Wellness’s U.S. and Mexico talent acquisition teams, building and developing talent strategies for these teams and business stakeholders. He also leads their talent acquisition and employer branding efforts, including recruiting strategy, process improvement, strategic sourcing, analytics, branding and overall candidate experience.

“We are pleased to have Efrem and Jamie join our board,” says Workforce Partnership CEO Peter Callstrom. “Both bring great private sector experience and a passion for elevating our workforce.”

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California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) has appointed Rick Dudley as interim CEO.

Dudley, who for ten years served as Murrieta’s city manager, is expected to remain in his role until the CCAE Board appoints a permanent chief.

“We spent months searching for the right candidate to help usher CCAE into the future,” said Sara Matta, CCAE Board chair. “We are fortunate that Rick is pausing retirement to lend his immeasurable skills to the Center. We are counting on Rick to provide strong staff and community leadership over the next few months as we navigate a new management agreement with the City of Escondido and approach our third decade of arts leadership in North County San Diego.”

In January, CCAE announced that Jerry Van Leeuwen would step down as executive director during the third quarter of 2022.

“I feel fortunate to step in at a time when CCAE is ripe for growth,” Dudley said. “As an Escondido resident, I have valued the Center’s mission and programming personally and now have the professional charter of helping the Board and staff achieve its near-term goals and prepare for future opportunities.”

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USO San Diego last week announced the election of Phil Blair as the nonprofit’s new Advisory Board Chair.

With 45 years of workforce and career development expertise, Blair is co-founder of Manpower of San Diego. At Manpower, he has provided people-centered employment opportunities for thousands of residents in San Diego. Manpower’s programs range from community work readiness to veteran affairs.

“Blair knows what it takes to create and manage large coalitions of people who help maintain our nation’s most basic working structures. His innovative approach, paired with his unwavering commitment to the men and women of our armed forces, will help grow the reach and impact of USO San Diego,” said retired U.S. Navy Captain William R. Fenick, USO San Diego’s executive director.

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