Workforce of the Future

Building the Workforce of the Future

On Saturday, April 18, 2020 the Bay Area Council received the crushing blow when our beloved Linda Bidrossian – the Senior Vice President of Public Policy and leader of our Workforce of the Future Initiative – passed away. Linda, just 54 years old, was an especially vibrant, vivacious, successful and saucy member of our team, and we loved her deeply. Our tribute to Linda>>

The Bay Area is home to one of the most innovative economies in the world, but many employers are having to look outside of the region to find talent for their open positions. Prior to COVID-19, California was already ground zero for massive changes in the job market due to technology and international trade.  The current crisis 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.

2021 Activities & COVID-19 Response

  • Increase the number of apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities available in new industries (initial focus: technology, biotech, and real estate development) in the Bay Area with a focus on reaching communities of color and low-income populations.
  • Partner to launch the Northern California Apprentice Network to scale employer engagement in apprenticeship programs and improve coordination across the region.
  • Connect diverse talent to employers with career pathways through curated career fairs, resume reading, and paid internship opportunities through partnerships with community-based organizations, with a focus on youth of color, low-income workers, and immigrants and refugees.
  • Convene employers & educators through the Building the Future of California Talent webinar series to inform educators on employer workforce needs, and better connect employers to regional sources of diverse talent.
  • Share best practices with educators, community-based talent trainers, and employers throughout the region through webinars and committee meetings.
  • Advocate for workforce policy change. Through participation in the Regional Economic Association of Leaders of California (R.E.A.L.) Coalition, The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), and the National Skills Coalition, the Workforce of the Future Committee supports workforce policies that prioritize employer input in workforce development throughout the state.


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>>

Participate in our industry initiatives: The Council convenes member leadership in critical, high-demand industries including Biotech, Construction, Healthcare and Technology. To learn more and get involved email

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

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Leslie Alfaro

Policy Manager

(415) 946-8707

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Henry Bartholomay

Policy Director

(415) 946-8747

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