The City of New York today announced the appointment of
Blake Foote as executive director of the New York City Workforce Investment
Board (WIB). The board supports Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's economic
development agenda by providing oversight and developing policies to connect New
Yorkers to jobs and ensure that employers across the City have the skilled
workers they need to grow, compete and prosper.
Foote served as Executive Director of NYC Business
Solutions Hiring at the New York City Department of Small Business Services from
2005 – 2007, where she oversaw the City's recruitment initiatives for large New
York City businesses in target industries; provided management support to the
City's Workforce1 Career Centers to better enable the placement of more New
Yorkers in jobs in high growth industries; and managed the agency's partnerships
with workforce funding organizations. Previously, she served as Sector
Employment Program Manager at the National Economic Development and Law Center
and Fast-Track Training Academy Director at Jobs Consortium in Oakland,
California. Foote holds an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University and a B.A. in International Relations from Georgetown
"Blake has been an integral part of our success in
increasing the number of New Yorkers we place in jobs by more than 3,000 percent
over the past several years by building a workforce system that is responsive to
the labor needs of our City's employers," said Robert Walsh, Commissioner of the
New York City Department of Small Business Services. "Her keen ability to
simultaneously serve our workforce and business community will bring strong
purpose to this important board."
"I look forward to raising awareness of our transformed
workforce development system in order to attract new members and position the
Workforce Investment Board to provide the strong policy support and partnerships
we need to continue to reduce unemployment and strengthen the business climate
in New York City," said Foote.
"Over the past several years, the WIB has made great
strides in building an efficient and effective economic development system,"
said Stuart Saft, Chair of the WIB and Partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
"Blake has the vision and gravitas to take these accomplishments to the next
level by accessing opportunities in key industries."
The executive director position was previously held by
Marilyn Shea, who retired in September 2007.