Staff

BARBARA CHANG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Barbara has over 30 years of nonprofit management experience in the NY-metropolitan area.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Workforce Development in the Mayor’s Office, City of New York. Barbara is responsible for engaging leaders from the private sector, agencies, labor unions and community-based organizations to help New Yorkers build skills for in-demand occupations. She also plays a key role in steering the City’s Workforce Development Board and the Center for Youth Employment.

Previously she was CEO of Code to Work, an employer-focused nonprofit venture whose mission is to seed greater diversity in the IT sector by introducing qualified diverse job candidates to employers through a skills-based hiring approach.  She also served as Executive Vice President of Per Scholas, the largest IT workforce development organization in New York City, overseeing fundraising and the training program. Barbara began focusing on workforce issues when she was CEO of NPower National and Executive Director of NPower New York.  Previous to NPower she held senior leadership positions at the Primary Care Development Corporation in New York City and Planned Parenthood in Nassau County.  She holds a Masters in Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. 

ASHLEY PUTNAM, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR

Ashley Putnam serves as the Economic Development Advisor for the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. She facilitates the coordination between economic development and workforce development, with a focus on creating opportunities for New Yorkers to access jobs that provide family-supporting wages. Prior to joining the team, Ashley served as Fellowship Director at the Work First Foundation and America Works of New York, where she managed literacy and training programs and oversaw research and evaluation. During her previous role, Ashley founded the Work First Fellowship, which connects young people interested in public policy with the opportunity to work directly on issues of urban poverty. She also worked with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and spent the first part of her career working as a career counselor. Ashley is a member of the Women’s City Club of New York, and recently served on the Task Force for Fair Work. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and a B.A. from Barnard College.

STACIE EVANS, LITERACY ADVISOR

Stacie Evans joins the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development as the Literacy Advisor. Stacie will drive policy for integrated education and training, and workforce development and economic development, collaborating with staff and stakeholders to design programs and implement changes in education policy and programs and tying them to workforce development strategy. She is responsible for ensuring coordination between adult literacy and workforce programs, advocating for best use of New York City literacy funding aligned with education and workforce priorities, and working with providers across the adult education and training system to ensure that New Yorkers in City programs have the best chances at obtaining living-wage jobs in emerging industries and markets. Stacie comes to WKDEV from Lutheran Family Health Centers/Sunset Park Promise Neighborhood, where she was Director of Cross-Sector Initiatives, focusing on developing a pathway of academic and training programs and wraparound services to support the long term success of children and families in Sunset Park. While at Lutheran, Stacie launched successful sector-based bridge and career pathways programs.

STACY WOODRUFF-BOLTE, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR

Stacy Woodruff-Bolte serves as a Workforce Development Advisor in the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. Previously, she worked as a consultant on a variety of workforce development projects focused primarily on the use of data to inform program improvement and sectoral employment strategies. She directed data collection for the national Workforce Benchmarking Network, an effort started in 2004 that represents the largest collection of programmatic, participant and outcomes information to date for community based organizations serving America's disadvantaged job seekers. She also managed evaluations of the New York City Sectors Initiative and the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare. Prior to consulting, Stacy was a Research Associate at Public/Private Ventures. She holds a master's degree in Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a master's degree in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University.

CHRIS NEALE, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD DIRECTOR

Chris Neale is the Director of the Workforce Development Board. Previously, Chris served as Assistant Commissioner of External Relations and Special Programs in the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In that role, he managed key relationships with oversight and funding entities, including the New York State Department of Labor, and oversaw the design and launch of a technology internship program for CUNY students. Prior to this role, Chris served as the Assistant Commissioner for Workforce1 Recruitment, responsible for overseeing the strategy and performance of the Workforce1 Career Centers with respect to recruiting, screening, and referring qualified candidates to business customers. Chris also helped design and launch the city's two sector-specific Workforce1 centers, which focus on the healthcare and industrial/transportation sectors. Chris holds a Master's in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Stanford University.

SARAH BENNETT, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD POLICY AND PROJECT DIRECTOR

Sarah Bennett is the Policy and Project Director of the Workforce Development Board. She previously worked at the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity supporting the design, implementation and evaluation of various poverty alleviation initiatives including new workforce development programs. Sarah holds a Master's in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, concentrating in local government, and a B.A. in English from Davidson College.

REYNOLD GRAHAM, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD POLICY ASSOCIATE

Reynold coordinates the efforts of the Workforce Development Board, which informs the City's workforce development policies and services. Prior to joining the Office of Workforce Development, he served as a Program Manager with Let's Get Ready, connecting low-income high school students to mentoring and college preparation resources. As a New York City Urban Fellow, he worked with the NYC Department of Homeless Services, where he supported the Office of Legal Affairs and oversaw the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate or HOPE Count. Reynold was also a Summer Associate at The Greenlining Institute, a racial and economic justice advocacy organization based in California, where he lead the organization's water policy agenda. He is a graduate of Fordham University, where he studied Sociology and Economics.