Workforce Solutions Capital Area is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that serves to lead and govern the Austin/Travis County area workforce system. In this role, we are responsible for the planning, oversight, and evaluation of workforce development activities in the Capital Area. Simply put, we connect local people — youth and adults — to the most in-demand industries with quality jobs.

To help us bridge our region’s skills gap, we are excited to welcome Sylnovia Holt Rabb to our board of directors. Sylnovia currently serves as the director of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department.

Get to know Sylnovia in our Q&A below, and connect with her on LinkedIn to see her extensive experience in economic development oversight, small business consulting, and fund and financial management.

Q: Where is your hometown?

A: Quincy, Florida

Q: How did you first become involved with Workforce Solutions Capital Area (WFS)?

A: I become involved with Workforce Solutions in 2009 when I started as the Financial Manager for the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office, now the Economic Development Department.

Q: How is WFS a go-to resource for employers in Austin?

A: Workforce Solutions Capital Area provides personalized resources and services for the community to access job opportunities.

Q: What is the value of connecting local people to local jobs?

A: Connecting local people to local jobs positively impacts our economy because our residents reinvest their earned — and increased — wages back into our community.

Q: How does upskilling benefit your industry?

A: Upskilling allows City of Austin employees a career ladder/progression.

Q: How has skills training helped you develop your career?

A: The City of Austin has provided contracts to various non-profits, including Workforce Solutions Capital Area, Skillpoint Alliance, Capital Idea, Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) and AUTM HQ.

Q: How has skills training helped you develop your career?

A: Thankfully, I’ve been afforded executive leadership training to help me move up within the City of Austin.


Q: What does your ideal day in the Austin area look like?

A: I’m a morning person — I do my best work before 2 p.m.

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

A: Take more risk.

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