Working Today, for Tomorrow's Success.

Approximately 2,000 workforce development boards operate across the country. Each workforce board is overseen by a chief local elected official. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is the chief local elected official directing the work of Employ Milwaukee.

Employ Milwaukee is the workforce development board serving Milwaukee County. We are part of the public workforce system made up of federal, state and local offices that support economic expansion and develop the talent of Milwaukee County’s workforce.

By partnering with leaders from business, economic development, workforce, educational and training partners and community stakeholders, we develop workforce solutions that meet and anticipate regional economic growth in southeastern Wisconsin.

Our goal is to provide job seekers education and training options in high-growth, high-demand sectors -- and provide a skilled and sustainable workforce to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent in order to be competitive in an innovative economy.  




Build a strong workforce development system by planning, coordinating, collaborating and monitoring workforce initiatives with businesses, partners and community stakeholders at the local, regional, and state level to ensure a skilled and productive workforce for the 21st century.


Employ Milwaukee uses a sector-based workforce strategy to connect both the demand (Employer-identified need for skilled labor) and the supply (individuals with varying levels of education, skills, and barriers to employment who desire stable and well-paid employment) sides of the workforce equation. This business-led model identifies and connects employers’ real-time hiring needs with effective systems and partners to screen, match, and secure workers for those positions. Employ Milwaukee receives funding to serve youth, adults, dislocated workers, disabled individuals, incumbent workers, older workers, and individuals with issues related to poverty, substance abuse, lack of education, and other significant barriers to employment.

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Employ Milwaukee has a diverse funding portfolio comprised of federal, state, local and philanthropic resources.  Employ Milwaukee’s core funding is through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA), authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

Coordinating Council

Employ Milwaukee’s Coordinating Council is a grouping of major training and social service providers. These providers are faith-based and community-based organizations that stretch across Milwaukee county and many serve some of the most challenged neighborhoods. The council meets monthly to further an action plan to address the diverse needs of the workers that make up Milwaukee county’s workforce. The council also serves as a mechanism to bring together mandated American Job Center (One-Stop Center) partners and other organizations linked to the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration's system that provides a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. For more information, call (414) 270-1777.

Youth Committee

Employ Milwaukee leads an active and engaged Youth Committee that assesses the needs of youth as they relate to future workforce preparation and encourages the coordination of services and activities that assist youth in reaching their career goals. The Youth Committee supports Employ Milwaukee in developing youth workforce policy by recommending innovative approaches that enhance youth programs, including options for leveraging and coordinating community resources among schools and community-based organizations. The committee consists of youth service providers and other youth service organizations that have a demonstrated record of success in serving eligible youth ages 16-24 in the areas of education, life skills, and/or employment-related activities. The Youth Committee is part of the Employ Milwaukee Coordinating Council. For more information, call (414) 270-1777.

Board of Directors

Earl Buford,
President & CEO, Employ Milwaukee

Dan Buehrle,
Principal Financial Wisconsin Business Center

Carol Burgett,
DWD - Job Service

Sheila D. Cochran,
Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

B.G. Robert Cocroft,
Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd

Lea Collins-Worachek,
DWD/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Carla Y. Cross,
Cross Management Services, Inc.

Randy Crump,
Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services, LLC

Dr. Darienne Driver,
Milwaukee Public Schools

Alicia Dupies,
Milwaukee Bucks

Michael Fabishak,
Association of General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee

Pam Fendt,
LIUNA, Local No. 113

Andres E. Gonzalez,
Froedtert Health

John Kissinger,

Donald W. Layden, Jr.,
Baird Venture Partners

Dr. Vicki Martin,
Milwauke Area Technical College

Lupe Martinez,
UMOS Corporation, Inc.

Ted Matkom,
Gorman & Company, Inc.

Darryl Morin,
Advanced Wireless, Inc.

Lois O'Keefe,
Retired, Department of Labor

Alan S. Perlstein,
WI Energy Research Consortium

David Pifer,
Legal Action

James Roberts,
Milwaukee Jobs Corps Center

Lauri Rollings,
Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contrators' Alliance

Thelma A. Sias,
We Energies

Howard Snyder,
Northwest Side Community Development Corporation

Karen Spindler,
DCI Artform

Rhonda Taylor-Parris,
Aurora Health Care

Gwendolyn F. Washington,
Associated Bank

Wallace White,
W2Excel, LLC

Patricia Woodard,
DWD - Unemployment Insurance

Steven Xiong,
Catholic Charities

Renee Zakhar,
Spotted Eagle, Inc.

Employment Opportunities at Employ Milwaukee

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Employ Milwaukee

2342 North 27th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53210

Phone: (414) 270-1700
Fax: (414) 225-2375

Employ Milwaukee is an equal opportunity service provider.

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