As mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), on March 31, 2016, by Executive Order, and as Chief Local Elected Official of the Local Area Designation (the City of Oakland), Mayor Libby Schaaf disbanded the former Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and established the new Workforce Development Board (WDB). The Oakland WDB oversees the federally-funded employment and training programs and services in Oakland. These programs and services help job seekers gain employment and connect businesses with a qualified workforce.
The Mayor appoints the board positions on the Oakland WDB. A majority of these positions are reserved for business-sector leaders. The Oakland WDB currently has 27 members. Generally speaking, the Mayor and the WDB share equal authority according to the federal legislation. The Oakland City Council authorizes the City Administrator to appropriate funding and enter into contracts with service providers.
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