Workforce of the Future

Building the Workforce of the Future

The Bay Area’s high-value innovation economy requires a workforce that is trained to meet the needs of major employers throughout the region. The gap between employer workforce needs and the skills that job applicants possess is a growing economic concern. Regional talent needs to be trained for the changing demands of the workforce. Employers need to fill their current open jobs, and have a strong talent pipeline for their future workforce needs in an evolving economy.

Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee is addressing these needs through its two primary programs: Occupational Councils and Inclusive Economy. Occupational Councils convene industry executives to diagnose skills gaps in their industry talent pipelines. The Occupational Councils are focused on high-demand occupations, identified by employer input and job-market research. Bay Area Council’s Inclusive Economy program builds career pathways for the region’s local, diverse talent through partnerships with community-based talent training organizations in the region.

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Initiative  launched the first-of-its-kind data transparency tool – – for employers, educators, and job seekers to identify and develop metrics around the highest demand middle-skills jobs across the megaregion. It was created as a single platform for collecting and visualizing these high-demand jobs and education opportunities. For each identified job, displays the job market size, job demand, projected job growth, and average wage, as well as educational programs offered in the Bay Area.


Recent Wins

  • Impacted over 2,000 individual’s career pathways in 2018 through our Occupational Councils and Inclusive Economy programs — community college students, youth of color, veterans, immigrants, refugees, and other talent.
  • Secured over $500K in funding to grow the Workforce of the Future program.
  • Contributed to the development of the National Skills Coalition’s policy agenda, Securing a strong economic future for all Californians, urging policy-makers to invest in workforce development that will drive economic growth through equity, opportunity, and innovation.

2019 Activities

  • Convene ongoing Occupational Councils, expand program to include ten of the highest-demand occupations in the Bay Area based on job-market research and employer input
  • Connect historically underrepresented talent to high-demand occupations by connecting community-based talent trainers to employers with high-demand occupations
  • Convene community-based talent training organizations to align outcomes for their candidates while simplifying the data capture and analysis of these outcomes
  • Collect data on high-demand occupations from employers and share it with educators, community-based talent trainers, and applicants. The data transparency tool is one of the ways educators and applicants will hear directly from employers
  • Launch an annual summit to help educators plan for jobs of the future. Experts from public and private research labs share the future of workforce needs to k-12 educators, community-based talent training organizations, and public sector leaders to help shape workforce development

Committee Co-Chairs

Mahesh Kharkar, Northern California Market President of Commercial Banking, US Bank
Julius Robinson, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Americas, Union Bank

Policy Leads

Linda Bidrossian image
Linda Bidrossian

Senior Vice President, Public Policy


Henry Bartholomay image
Henry Bartholomay

Senior Policy Associate

(415) 946-8747

Leslie Alfaro image
Leslie Alfaro

Policy Associate

(415) 946-8707

Subscribe to The Weekly Flash Subscribe
News and Guts Search Menu Left Angle Up Angle Down Angle Right Angle Left Arrow Right Arrow Email User Play Pause Fullscreen Exit Fullscreen Unmute Mute Close Loading Gallery Arrow Gallery Youtube Facebook Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Google + Flickr Yelp Trip Advisor