Workforce of the Future

Building the Workforce of the Future

As California begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, equitable recovery of jobs will be key to the Bay Area and California remaining the leading economies in the country.  Though the recovery is underway, many who were employed prior to the pandemic remain jobless, with 157,000 fewer jobs filled in the Bay Area in March 2022 compared against January 2020. Prior to COVID-19, California was already ground zero for massive changes in the job market due to technology and international trade.

The pandemic has accelerated these trends, as technology and other “future-facing” jobs continue to grow and jobs most impacted by COVID-19 continue to shrink. It is imperative that we strengthen employer connections with local educators and community-based training organizations to build candidate capacity here in the Bay Area.  The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee runs programs that improve income outcomes for diverse workers in the region.  The Council scales innovative training programs such as tech apprenticeships, online education, and on-the-job training to connect employers with local talent and build new opportunities for the region’s future workforce.


2022 Goals

Goal 1: Connect historically underrepresented talent and Covid-displaced workers to well-paid jobs by increasing the number of apprenticeships in the Bay Area by 100,000 by 2029

Goal 2: Strive for regional job recovery that outpaces comparable metro areas and results in a more diverse workforce

Goal 3: Center Bay Area’s workforce recovery around equity, access, and opportunity


Workforce Directors

Michael Bernick, Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP; Research Fellow in Employment, The Milken Institute; Senior Fellow, The Burning Glass Institute

Patti Castro, Consultant for the California Workforce Association (CWA); Teaches Business Engagement and Sector Strategies for the Workforce Development Apprenticeship Program at Cal State University Sacramento


Workforce of the Future Committee Leadership

Neal Rosenblum, Senior Director, Head of Tech Talent Acquisition, PayPal

Shulagna Dasgupta, Senior Managing Director, Talent & Human Potential US West, Accenture


Strategic Partnerships

Bay Area Community College Consortium

San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Valley Vision


Get Involved!

Workforce of the Future Committee: Committee meetings are open to all members. Please join us to shape the workforce of the future for the Bay Area. For more information email and check out our upcoming events.

Join the Northern California Apprentice Network (NCAN): To learn more about the Network and find ways to develop an apprenticeship program at your company, join us here>>

Develop new training programs and partnerships to meet your demands: The Council works with workforce training partners across the region to build programs that meet members needs and connect job seekers from our region to jobs with our member employer. To learn more and get involved email Henry Bartholomay:

Policy Leads

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Patti Castro

Workforce Director

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Michael Bernick

Workforce Director

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Matt Regan

Senior Vice President, Public Policy


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