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Gov. appoints CMTA manufacturing advocate to Workforce Development Board

 Jan. 13, 2017 Today Gov. Jerry Brown appointed California Manufacturers & Technology Association's (CMTA) director of labor and workforce policy Nicole Rice to the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB).

The CWDB assists the Governor in setting and guiding policy in the area of workforce development and performing the duties and responsibilities required by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 2014.

All participants on the 42-member Board are appointed by the Governor and represent the many facets of workforce development -- business, labor, public education, higher education, economic development, youth activities, employment and training, as well as the Legislature.

"Nicole's expertise and knowledge about the needs of manufacturers make her the perfect choice to help develop effective policies to address the skills gap in California," said CMTA president Dorothy Rothrock. "It has become increasingly difficult for California manufacturing operations to fill their growing needs for highly skilled workers, which can impede our manufacturing growth. CMTA is very excited to play this significant role in growing a strong pipeline of workers for our manufacturers so our economy can thrive."

Below is Gov. Brown's announcement of Rice's appointment:
"Nicole Rice, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Workforce Development Board. Rice has served as policy director at the California Manufacturers & Technology Association since 2012. She was volunteer coordinator at Roger Niello for State Senate in 2010, community affairs manager at Nehemiah Corporation of America from 2009 to 2010 and legislative policy strategist at Strategic Counsel PLC from 2007 to 2009. Rice served as deputy director of strategic planning at the California Department of Consumer Affairs in 2007, acting chief deputy appointments secretary in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2006 to 2007 and public affairs representative at the Southern California Edison from 2004 to 2006. She was a legislative advocate at The Advocacy Group from 2002 to 2004, a consultant for the California State Assembly Republican Caucus from 2000 to 2002 and principal assistant to California State Assembly member Audie Bock from 1999 to 2000. Rice earned a Juris Doctor degree in law from Santa Clara University, School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Rice is a Republican."


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