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About the Governor's Workforce Development Board (GWDB)

Who We Are

Governor Wes Moore talking during a Governor's Workforce Development Board (GWDB) Meeting The Governor's Workforce Development Board (GWDB) serves as the governor's chief strategy and policy-making body for workforce development by engaging key business, labor, education, community, and State and local government leaders to collaborate and advise the Governor on business-led workforce approaches that advance Maryland's economic competitiveness and build pathways to work, wages and wealth for all Marylanders. Governor Wes Moore’s 2023 executive order concerning the GWDB solidifies its leadership role in setting the statewide vision and strategy for workforce development, building partnerships to accelerate implementation of that strategy, and holding Maryland’s workforce development system accountable to delivering results. The GWDB is a business-led board, with a majority of members representing the business community, as mandated by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Other members include the governor, cabinet secretaries, college leaders, the state superintendent of schools, elected officials, labor, and representatives of community-based non-profit organizations.

Our Vision: An aligned and coordinated workforce development system delivering talent solutions that support a dynamic, inclusive, and competitive economy, creating opportunities for all businesses to thrive and for every Marylander to access pathways to work, wages, and wealth.

Our Mission: To develop strategies, drive alignment, and accelerate implementation of innovative workforce development solutions that build robust talent pipelines for Maryland’s employers and advance pathways to work, wages and wealth for all Marylanders.

Our Core Values: In keeping with core values established by the Moore-Miller Administration, the GWDB is dedicated to ensuring that, through our work, we:

  • Be Innovative: Collaborate across agencies and stakeholders to identify and implement bold solutions.
  • Be Data-Driven: Rely on data and experiences to inform our decisions.
  • Move Urgently: Move quickly and diligently with a purpose.
  • Challenge the Status Quo: It’s okay to disagree and offer a new viewpoint
  • Be Outcomes-Focused: Spend each day focused on leaving no one behind

Our Focus Areas: The GWDB’s priorities under the Moore-Miller Administration include:

  • Building talent pipelines to supercharge growth in Maryland's key industry sectors;
  • Addressing barriers to employment experienced by underserved populations;
  • Expanding access to affordable, high-quality, career-connected experiential learning and industry-recognized credentials, including apprenticeship and career and technical education opportunities;
  • Aligning systems, services and resources to strategically leverage Maryland's assets; and
  • Supporting collaboration with local workforce development boards and other local stakeholders to ensure those closest to workforce challenges are central to the solutions.

GWDB By-Laws

GWDB's Membership List

Board Meeting Schedules and Materials

GWDB Committees:

GWDB Staff