March 29-30, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA


Technology is fueling our nation’s rapid economic change and causing the biggest workforce transition since the Industrial Revolution. This shift has brought forth economic opportunity for those who have access to the resources needed to develop and transform their skillsets to compete in the labor market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total labor force increased by 16.6 million during the 2000–2016 period, with Latinos accounting for nearly two-thirds of the increase, estimated at 10.1 million. With Latinos representing the second largest population group in the nation, the economic prosperity of the United States is intrinsically tied to the economic success of Latinos in the workforce. The decisions made today by policymakers about how to best prepare and equip the current and future Latino workforce will result in long lasting economic effects.

The NALEO National Policy Institute on Workforce Development provided Latino policymakers with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge around current workforce issues and discuss various approaches to strengthen their jurisdictions’ workforce development. This two-day convening brought together Latino policymakers from throughout the nation to discuss ways to strengthen innovative and successful workforce development policies and best practices that drive economic success in the labor market for their constituents, communities, and regions.

The Institute’s curriculum covered:

  • Preparing Latinos for the Workforce of Tomorrow: National Workforce Landscape and Projections
  • The Engine of Change and Economic Growth: Embracing Transformative Technology
  • Supporting the Current and Future Latino Workforce: Turning Skills into Careers
  • Industry Sector Strategies:• Healthcare
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Service

Participants who attended this Policy Institute strengthened their governance skills to support effective leadership, exchanged policies and ideas around effective ways to address pressing workforce development issues, and had the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the country.


Title Sponsors

Investor Sponsors

Bank of America



For more information please contact:

Monica Medina

Program Associate
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 143
Email: [email protected]


  • Friday, March 29th
  • Saturday, March 30th

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Gateway Pre-function, Lobby Level 


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom D, Lobby Level 


Host: State Farm®

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A&F, Lobby Level

Welcome Remarks

• Ms. Michelle Mancias, Assistant Vice President and Counsel, State Farm; Secretary, NALEO Educational Fund

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A&F, Lobby Level

Session I:


Preparing Latinos for the Workforce of Tomorrow: National Workforce Landscape and Projections

Unprecedented transformations across occupations in the labor market are causing robust growth and opportunities in various industry sectors. Latinos currently make up 17 percent of the total U.S. labor force and are projected to represent over one-fifth of the labor force by 2026. It is critical that policymakers have an understanding of national employment projections to allocate the needed resources to support job training and workforce development initiatives to meet the workforce demands in their states and communities. This session provided policymakers with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent projections data by both industry and occupation to understand the dynamics affecting long-term labor force growth.

• Mr. Richard J. Holden, Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

• Mr. Ryan Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A&F, Lobby Level

Session II:


The Engine of Change and Economic Growth: Embracing Transformative Technology

Technological advances are transforming workforce industries, while giving rise to completely new ones. While research shows that the impact of technology in the coming decades will vary across occupations and regions, deliberate and coordinated efforts between policymakers and stakeholders are needed to ensure that Latinos have the opportunity to succeed in the current and future labor market. In this session, policymakers explored how advanced technologies will continue to shape our economy and their potential workforce implications for our communities.

• Mr. Enrique Cruzalegui, Vice President Strategic Accounts, Burning Glass Technologies

• Ms. Libby Reder, Senior Fellow, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute

Additional Resource: 1

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom D, Lobby Level

Luncheon Program:


Census 2020 – Make It Count!

Host: Bank of America

• Ms. Lizette Escobedo, Director of National Census Program, NALEO Educational Fund

Additional Resources: Census Toolkit (English) | Census Toolkit (Spanish)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom D, Lobby Level

Session III:


Supporting the Current and Future Latino Workforce: Turning Skills into Careers

Technologies like automation and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills we need to work. Understanding these shifts are helping policymakers and key stakeholders determine how to better align and expand state-local efforts to equip all Latinos with the skillsets needed in the labor market. The growing movement to make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) a fundamental part of K-12 education across the nation is a policy strategy aimed at equipping all students with the skillsets needed to have access to in demand jobs. In this session, policymakers explored innovative strategies and K-12 education policies that are providing the current and future workforce with the skills needed to thrive in this time of economic transformation.

• Hon. Ana B. Gutierrez, Associate Director, Economic Mobility, Jobs for the Future

• Ms. Alexis Menocal Harrigan, Director of State Government Affairs, Code.org
PRESENTATION | AUDIO | Resources: 1 | 2

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A&F, Lobby Level

Session IV:


Industry Roundtable Discussions

Through facilitated conversations with industry partners, participants drew from their respective roles as policymakers to identify and discuss how they can strategically work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve workforce development outcomes in their local states and communities. These concurrent roundtable discussions allowed participants to delve deeper into particular industry sector policy issues armed with insights from topics covered in the Policy Institute agenda.

• Ms. Angie Garcia Lathrop, Community Affairs Executive, Bank of America
PRESENTATION | Resource: 1

• Mr. Jared Hawes, Director, State and Local Outreach, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A&F, Lobby Level


4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A&F, Lobby Level

Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Gateway Pre-function, Lobby Level

Opening Reception

Title Sponsors:
State Farm® and Toyota

Opening Reception Supporter:
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers