Next Generation Sector Partnership Community of Practice




The Next Gen Sector Partnership Academy & Community of Practice uses the real experience of practitioners in the field to train emerging leaders on the steps and strategies of Next Gen sector partnership-building. 


Stephen Baiter, Executive Director, Oakland Workforce Development Board. 

Stephen is currently the Executive Director of the City of Oakland Workforce Development Board (OWDB). The OWDB is a 25-member body comprised of leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, and select public agencies that aligns a variety of networks and resources to support economic vitality in the City of Oakland and the East Bay. In this role, Stephen is responsible for working with regional leaders and a diverse set of stakeholders to design strategies and policies that enhance the local talent pipeline to benefit the businesses and workers in our region’s communities.

Prior to assuming his current position, Stephen held a variety of leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors working in partnership with business, economic development, education, and other organizations. He is currently the Chair of the California Workforce Association, a statewide membership organization representing the local workforce system in California and also serves on the board of directors of a couple of East Bay nonprofit organizations focused on education and economic development. He has a BA in Political Science from Boston College and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University-East Bay

Jacob Castillo, Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator, Larimer County Colorado
Mr. Castillo currently serves as the Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator for Larimer County Colorado. In this role he has been active in forming and leading the manufacturing and health sector partnerships in Northern Colorado. He has a background in regional economic development, having previously served as the Vice President of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Castillo’s past entrepreneurial successes include an international clean technology product distribution company and a leading-edge bicycle manufacturing firm- both of which have a strong social and environmental focus. He was a contributing author to a text book on sustainable venturing and has been an instructor at Colorado State University (CSU)for the past five years. He holds three undergraduate degrees in Agricultural Business, Foreign Language and Literature, and Economics from CSU and pursued a double masters in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise and Agricultural & Resource Economics.  

Seth Dyson, City of Surprise, Human Service & Community Vitality Director

Seth has 15 years of non-profit and local government experience in economic development, workforce development, community development and business development. Seth currently works for the City of Surprise, (yes Surprise!) Arizona as the Director of the Human Service & Community Vitality Department. Former roles include Director of Community Partnerships and Workforce Development at the Maricopa Community College District, Business and Workforce Development Supervisor at the City of Phoenix, and Project Manager at the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council. Seth holds a B.S. from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. 

Shalee Hodgson, Deputy Administrator, Workforce Investments, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon

Shalee Hodgson is the Deputy Administrator of Workforce Investments for the Oregon Employment Department. Her previous experience includes implementing both community college and workforce development programs in Oregon and Minnesota, most recently working with Oregon’s Workforce Development system to support sector strategies at the local level as well as implement system integration and strategic planning. She also has experience working with Oregon’s community colleges to implement Career and Technical Education programs and align systems. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Dakota State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Marylhurst University.


Meagan Lannan, Manager, Livingston Office of Montana Workforce Services, Montana

Meagan Lannan is the Manager of the Livingston office of Montana Workforce Services and serves as a  co-convener of the Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Partnership based in Bozeman, MT. Meaganis in her element when working to align and mobilize groups to develop creative, out-of-the-box solutions that can only happen when you have them sharing one 'big collaborative brain.' She has spent the last five years working in workforce development and also has diverse work experience.Meagan holds a Lean Green certification and is completing her portfolio to complete her SME Lean Bronze certification.

Jennifer Mellor, Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC), Arizona

Jennifer Mellor serves as Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC). In this role, Jennifer is responsible for Phoenix Forward, GPCC’s economic development initiative focused on strengthening existing businesses in the community. Jennifer also oversees the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation which focuses on industry-led workforce development strategies to enhance the talent pipeline for key industry sectors.Prior to this role, Jennifer served as Vice President of Program Development, overseeing fundraising, events and programs. Jennifer initially came to the Chamber as the Director of Finance and was responsible for all day-to-day accounting functions, financial statement preparation, overseeing the annual audit and general supervision of the operations team.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University and earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Jennifer serves on the City of Phoenix’s Citizens Transportation Commission and is involved with several local nonprofit organizations including the Valley of the Sun United Way Women’s Leadership Council and the Downtown Phoenix YMCA. Prior to joining GPCC, Jennifer worked as an analyst for Best Software and as a senior accountant for Casino Arizona. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Arizona.


Todd Nell, Executive Director, Oregon Workforce Investment Board

Todd is the Executive Director of the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) at the Office of Workforce Investments (OWI).  Prior to his current position with the OWIB, he was the Workforce Initiatives Manager at the Department of Community Colleges (CCWD) leading a team focused on Sectors Strategies, Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). He holds a BS from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Northwest Christian University. Todd is a native Oregonian, has lived in West Salem since 2004 with his wife and two daughters, and is an avid Duck fan.  


Kristina Payne, Executive Director, Lane Workforce Partnership, Oregon

Kristina Payne grew up in Santa Cruz, California and is a University of Oregon Alum and graduated with her business degree from Northwest Christian University. Kristina became the Executive Director of Lane Workforce Partnership (LWP), the Local Workforce Board for Lane County,  in January 2014. Shortly after becoming the Executive Director of LWP, Kristina moved the organization out from under the County Government structure and set it up as an independent private non-profit and quasi-government organization.  With the assistance of a strong board of directors, Kristina was able to launch and create the Lane County Sector Strategy Team, made up of high-level government and private sector leadership from across Lane County.  The LC Sector Strategy Team has launched initiatives that have drawn significant national attention for the growing Tech Sector – which is now being replicated to support the Food & Beverage Industry in Lane County.  

Stephanie Veck, Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council

Stephanie Veck is the Director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC), a dynamic public-private partnership that is a Governor appointed, business-led, coalition of industry, state agencies and their local system partners. This coalition works to create an integrated talent development system that meets the needs of students, job-seekers, workers and businesses by aligning education, training, workforce and economic development efforts with the needs of industry.   Stephanie serves on the Governor's Business Experiential Learning Commission, the Denver Public Schools Career Connect Board, and the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance Board; she is an Executive Board Member of the Colorado STEM Champion’s Board, and the Colorado Companies to Watch Legacy Board. She has become known as a national leader in cross-agency and public-private partnerships (including next generation sector partnerships), sharing Colorado’s work with national audiences through a variety of outlets.

A Colorado native and entrepreneur, Stephanie most appreciates the opportunity to work with great volunteers and business leaders throughout Colorado in implementing solutions for our future.  The vision of the CWDC is that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce and every Coloradan has access to meaningful employment, resulting in statewide economic vitality. To accomplish this goal, all stakeholders must work together to face the always changing challenges of our labor and economic markets; convening these collaborative partnerships is the role of the CWDC.

Lynn Vosler, Director of Workforce Solutions, Front Range Community College, Colorado

Lynn Vosler is Director of Workforce Solutions for Front Range Community College in Colorado.  FRCC has 30,000 students at three campus locations in Westminster, Longmont and Fort Collins. In her position, she manages the Corporate Solutions team and works with Rapid Response teams at each campus to respond to business needs for new programming, apprenticeship/internships and placement opportunities.   Lynn is a member of two different convener teams that have started industry sector partnerships in Manufacturing, Health Care and Energy for two regions in Colorado.

Katie Weaver, Park County Economic & Community Development Extension Agent, Montana State University, Montana

Katie Weaver believes that strong individuals and communities are the foundation of a healthy, resilient economy that benefits all residents. With over ten years of community and economic development experience in rural communities throughout the West, she has led efforts in agriculture, food systems, business development, tourism, downtown redevelopment, housing, workforce, and leadership development. Katie’s deep understanding of capacity building and her expertise in bringing communities together is integral to the sustainability of these efforts. Katie is the co-convener of the Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Partnership in the greater Bozeman region.