work2future is your local workforce development board for central and southern Santa Clara County

work2future is a part of the national workforce development system as authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) with the City of San José serving as the fiscal agent for the program.

The mission of work2future is to assist businesses and individuals to meet the workforce demands and opportunities of a global economy. We strive to provide our diverse community a world-class workforce that fosters economic development, through collaboration with businesses, residents, government, educational, and community-based organizations to maximize local and regional employment opportunities. We are the catalyst in the development and implementation of a comprehensive workforce strategy. Our goal is to strengthen the economic base in San José and Santa Clara County by increasing employment opportunities and job retention for all residents.

Our Board represents the diverse business community of Silicon Valley, and key public sector partners are appointed to four-year terms by the Mayor of the City of San José.


Susan Koepp-Baker

Board Chair

Principal, Enviro-Tech Services

Priya Smith, MPH

Board Vice-Chair

Medical Group Administrator, The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente Greater San Jose

Louise Auerhahn

Director of Economic and Workforce Policy, Working Partnerships USA

Rajiv Batra

Senior Director, Bluevine

Ricardo Benavidez

Director of Social Infrastructure, Google LLC

Chad Bojorquez

Chief Program Officer, Destination: Home

George Chao

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Manex

Jack Estill

Partner, Coactify

Joseph Flynn

Vice President of Software Transformation, CommScope

Van T. Le

Trustee and Clerk of the Board, East Side Union High School District

Agent, State Farm Insurance

Maria Lucero

Deputy Division Chief, Region 1, Employment Development Department, State of California

Emily McGrath

Senior Fellow and Director of Workforce Policy, The Century Foundation

brian Murphy

Director of Training, Pipe Trades Training Center, UA Local 393

Rafaela Perez

Employment Services Director, Social Services Agency, County of Santa Clara

Steve Preminger

Director, Office of Strategic and Intergovernmental Affairs, County of Santa Clara


Vice President and Business Unit Head, Tech Mahindra


Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Multifunction Microwave Solutions, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES)


Team Manager (SSM1), San Jose North Branch, California Department of Rehabilitation

TRACI Williams

Co-Chair, South Bay Consortium for Adult Education

Director, East Side Adult Education


Board and Committee meeting information, including location and staff contact, can be found in the Meeting Agenda Packet. Occasionally, meetings are canceled, rescheduled, or relocated.  Meetings are open, and the public is welcome to attend. 

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work2future by-laws are available on policy + governance.

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