About Workforce
Solutions Capital Area

Workforce Solutions Capital Area is the Travis County/Austin-area’s leading workforce development organization. We help train and connect job seekers with jobs.

Who We Are
Board of Directors

Standing with Austin’s
Businesses and Workers

Workforce Solutions Capital Area is dedicated to advancing the Austin/Travis County workforce and local economy.

Who We Are

Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Board (WFS Capital Area) is the leadership and governing body for the regional workforce system. We are responsible for the planning, oversight, and evaluation of workforce development activities in the Austin/Travis County area. We are a private, publicly-funded non-profit organization.

Through the fostering of partnerships and collaborations, researching and sharing of labor market and economic information, identifying workforce needs of employers and residents, and consulting and advising on public policy, WFS Capital Area helps to connect and align the efforts of the regional workforce system. Together we are enabling people and businesses to be competitive in a global market.

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Our Mission
To lead in the development of a world-class workforce
Our Vision
All people (our human capital) are productive and our region is prosperous.
Our Values


Our greatest strength is our individual differences – backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives which are a reflection of the community. We encourage and appreciate open discussion and consideration of diverse perspectives.


We inspire and empower others into action to achieve our vision. We give of our time and talents to build a prosperous community.


We value and foster partnerships with the community to achieve our goals and attain our vision. We treat everyone with respect, listen to each other, and act together for the betterment of all.


We value creativity and foster an environment that produces innovative ideas and solutions to address changing needs.

Accountability and Results

As stewards of public trust, we operate with high standards of integrity and professionalism. We are responsible for our actions and accountable for the results. We are transparent in conducting our business.

Strategic Plans

Community Workforce Plan: By aligning education and training providers’ training programs with employers’ needs, this workforce plan will help 10,000 economically disadvantaged individuals secure middle-skill jobs by 2021.

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA): Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), local workforce development boards are required to develop a four-year strategic plan that identifies and describes policies, procedures, and local plans that align with the Texas Workforce Commission’s state plan.

Board of Directors

Workforce Solutions Capital Area (WFS Capital Area) is led by a board of directors comprised of volunteer community leaders representing business, education, labor, economic development, community-based organizations, and government.


Melanie Flowers
Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Marky Sherry
Vice Chair
Baylor Scott & White Health

David Parks
enChoice Inc.

Full Board of Directors (A - D)

Leonard Aguilar
Southwest Pipe Trades Association

Robert Alexander
Texas Workforce Commission / HHS

Veronica Briseno
City of Austin

Steven Brockman-Weber
Ascension Seton

Eddie Chien
Luminex Corp.

Joseph Cooper
Local 286 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union

Susan Dawson
E3 Alliance

Veronda Durden
Any Baby Can

Full Board of Directors (E - J)

Sheila Fata
St. David’s HealthCare

Melanie Flowers
Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Teresa Granillo

Joene Grissom
Grissom & Associates

Garrett Groves
Austin Community College District

Bill Imhoff, III
Intertech Flooring

Full Board of Directors (K - Z)

Cesiah Kessler

Wayne Knox
Hutson-Tillotson University

Lawrence Lyman
Travis County HHS

Thomas Miranda
Sparkovation Advisors

John Newman
Athena Manufacturing

David Parks
enChoice Inc.

Yesenia Plascencia

Sabari Raja

Veronica Ramirez
Pflugerville Community Development Corporation

Mark Sherry
Baylor Scott & White Healthcare

Annette Tielle
Del Valle Independent School District

Kwee Lan Teo
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Phil Walker
Career Partners International

Chief Elected Officials

Judge Andy Brown
Travis County

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

WFS Capital Area Board of Directors Meetings are held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the last Thursday of every other month at 9001 N IH 35, Ste 110E, Austin, TX 78753 (unless otherwise noted on agendas and public notices).

View upcoming Board meetings

Meet Our Leadership Team

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Chief Executive Officer

Tamara Atkinson


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Managing Director to CEO

Donna Crenshaw


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Chief Operations Officer

Yael Lawson


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Chief Information Officer

Angela Benavides


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Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl Carter


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Sr Director of Business Engagement

Leah Meunier


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HR Generalist

*Human Resources Contact

Roger Escamilla



Workforce Solutions Capital Area prides itself on meeting goals and exceeding expectations. Below you can find information on how we’re doing.

Monthly Performance Report
WFS Capital Area is held accountable to a number of measures related to the services we provide to job seekers, youth, employers and families in need of child care assistance.


Training Effectiveness Matrix
WFS Capital Area analyzes the success rates of the clients we place in occupational training.


Contact Us

If you need an immediate response, please call or visit one of our three Career Centers directly.

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