Sacramento Works, Inc.

The Sacramento Works, Inc. Board is a 27-member volunteer board of directors that is charged with providing policy, planning and oversight for local workforce development initiatives. Sacramento Works unites business, labor, education and public agencies to assure qualified and trained workers are available to meet the needs of the region’s economy.

Composition of the Sacramento Works, Inc. Board

The majority representation on this 27-member board is business and industry. Other sectors represented on the Sacramento Works, Inc. board include Labor/Workforce, Education/Training, Government and Economic/Community Development, and Other.

Business Sector

Representatives of the Business Sector, shall constitute a majority of the membership of the Board and are to be owners of business concerns, chief executives or chief operating officers of non-governmental employers, or other private sector executives who have substantial management or policy responsibility. Business Sector representatives shall be selected from nominations made by general-purpose business organizations.

Education/Training Sector

Education/Training representatives shall be selected from nominations made by local educational agencies, vocational education institutions, or institutions of higher education. General organizations of such agencies or institutions, institutions of higher education, or general organizations of such agencies or institutions can also nominate an education representative. Private and proprietary schools or general organizations of such schools, within the City and County of Sacramento are also eligible to have representation on the Sacramento Works, Inc. board. Individuals wishing to apply for membership need to contact one of these entities and request a letter of recommendation.

Labor/Workforce Sector

At least 20% Labor representatives are recommended by recognized State and local labor organizations or appropriate building trades councils.

Government and Economic Development/Community Development

Must include: (i) 1 representative of economic and community development entities; (ii) 1 representative of Wagner-Peyser programs; (iii) 1 representative of Vocational Rehabilitation programs; (iv) and may include representatives of agencies or entities administering programs serving the local area relating to transportation, housing, and public assistance; (v) and may include representatives of philanthropic organizations.


May include such other individuals or representative of entities as the chief elected official in the local area determines to be appropriate.

Letters of recommendation for individuals shall come from organizations that represent these sectors.

Application/Appointment Process

Those wishing to apply for membership on the Sacramento Works, Inc. board are asked to fill out an application form.  Completed applications should be returned to Anzhelika Simonenkova at along with a résumé. Workforce Development Board Application

Sacramento Works, Inc. Board Members

N. Lisa Clawson – Secretary-Treasurer
Human Resources Leader
Kaiser Permanente

Kristin Gibbons
Human Services Division Manager
Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

Jennifer Hernandez
Executive Director
Sacramento Employment & Training Agency

Lynn Hosokawa
Human Resources Manager
Villara Building Systems

Janet Neitzel
Employment Development Department

Sharon O’Sullivan
Team Manager
State of California, Department of Rehabilitation

Karl Pineo 
Business Manager/Financial Secretary
Ironworkers Local 118

Anette Smith – Chair
Smith Associates

Edward W. Baker
Vice President – Human Resources
Alto Ingredients, Inc.

Crystal Bethke
Director of Economic Development
County of Sacramento

Mandi Higley
Head of People and Culture
Tri Tool, Inc.

Michael Jasso
Assistant City Manager
City of Sacramento

Victor McGee
Center Director
Sacramento Job Corps Center

Dr. Jamey Nye
Deputy Chancellor
Los Rios Community College District

Laurie Rodriguez
Director of People Services/Strategies

Denise Tugade
Government Relations Advocate
SEIU – United Healthcare Workers

Kyla Bryant
Executive Director
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce

Ronald Ellis
Managing Director/Owner

Dave Gordon
Sacramento County Office of Education

Lisa Hutchinson
Team Lead Digistream Investigations

Frank A. Louie
Chief Operating Officer
Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce

Johnny Perez
Director of Client Services Clutch Contracts & Consulting

Fabrizio Sasso
Executive Director
Sacramento Central Labor Council

Shelly Valenton
Vice President of Integrated Services/Strategic Initiatives
Sacramento Regional Transit