The board of directors of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Davis as President and CEO. Davis was selected after an extensive national search and will become the third CEO in 26 years, starting January 1, 2018. He succeeds Jeannine La Prad who has held the post for 12 years and will remain on staff with CSW as a Senior Fellow.
“We’re excited to be engaging Ryan to lead CSW in the next generation of our work,” said Board Chair Larry Good. “Ryan brings a diverse mix of policy and practice experience, including a strong track record as an organization builder and leader, an innovator, and a collaborator. He understands and shares the core values that guide CSW, and the work required to attain the impact CSW seeks to have.
“The board is also deeply appreciative of the incredible work Jeannine has done for more than a decade to lead CSW in undertaking and accomplishing high impact initiatives. We’re grateful she will remain an important contributor to that work moving forward,” Good added.
Davis brings extensive private sector, non-profit and military leadership experience to the role, as well as knowledge of the healthcare, information technology, energy, advanced manufacturing, and aviation sectors. Prior to joining CSW he served as Dean of Business and Applied Technology at Everett Community College in Washington State, where he built award winning programs recognized by the National Council of Workforce Educators (NCWE), CompTIA, and the Washington Student Achievement Council. He has led federal grants from the Departments of Commerce, Education, Energy, and Transportation as well as major grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, College Spark, and the Wal-Mart Foundation. Get to know Ryan in his own words here.
Davis is a recognized expert in workforce policy and practice, building stacked and latticed credentials in higher education systems, and creating partnerships between employers, educational institutions, and the public workforce systems. He has also worked on projects developing data driven systems for quality career pathways, leveraging improved regional labor market data, and developing skills standards for new and evolving occupations. His research interests include how increasing automation and artificial intelligence will impact the future workforce and developing regional strategies to create opportunities for underserved communities.
“I am honored to be selected as the next President and CEO of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. For the past decade I have worked to put into practice the research and innovations created by CSW. The opportunity to lead the organization to address the next generation of challenges in workforce development is exciting. CSW has exceptionally talented staff, a dedicated board, and strong relationships with partners across the country.”
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce is a nonprofit that catalyzes nationwide transformative change across workforce, education, economic, and community development through research and action. CSW’s work centers on increasing economic opportunity and sustainable prosperity for vulnerable people, companies, and communities. CSW’s current initiatives are focused on improving credentialing policy and practice, helping communities develop and implement workforce skill building and career pathway strategies, advancing workforce development within industry sectors, and strengthening community organizations through data analysis and leadership development.
CSW partnered with Koya Leadership Partners, a leading executive search firm that works exclusively with nonprofit clients, to conduct a national search for a President.
We look forward to continuing to do great work together for our communities.