Workforce Development & Education Committee

Chair: Wes Jones, aiDesign Group

Focus: This committee aims to encourage workforce preparedness through collaboration with strategic partnerships, and advocating for adequate school infrastructure at every level of education.

Membership: Members are from higher education institutions, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, educational learning companies, and business leaders who contribute their insight into the workforce. As in all Public Policy Committees, membership is open to anybody who is an active Chamber member.

Meeting Dates: Quarterly on Wednesdays at 8 am at the Charlotte Chamber, exceptions noted.
Current 2014 Schedule

  • February 17
  • May 7
  • August 6
  • November 5

Past Agenda Items:

  • May 7, 2014: On May 7, the Workforce Development & Education Committee hosted leaders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to discuss their planned budget requests.
  • February 17, 2014: In conjunction with the Workplace Issues Committee, the group hosted Karl Rectanus of the NC Chamber Foundation to learn more about the Hire Standards Campaign. Click here to view the presentation. Visit to learn more about the campaign.
  • Oct. 23, 2013: The committee learned specifics of the bond referenda aimed at providing new space, renovating existing space and improving academic programs for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont Community College. Mary McCray, chair of the CMS Board of Education, and Jeff Lowrance, public information officer for CPCC, spoke to the group about the referenda.
  • July 10, 2013: Natalie English, senior vice president of public policy at the chamber, and Jonathan Sink, associate general counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, gave the committee a summary of education legislation and highlighted the impact of the laws on the Charlotte community.


  • Please check back for special announcments.

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Natalie English
Senior Vice President,
Public Policy


Carrie Cook
VP, Governmental Affairs,
Public Policy

Laura Guacci
Public Policy Programs