With over 20 years’ experience in government workforce development systems and sector development work, Jack brings deep expertise in the areas of worker training and career ladders. A Ford Foundation/Kennedy School of Government Award for Innovations in State and Local Government winner, prior to joining the Center, Jack served as Deputy Director in the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services in Boston, MA
Brian J. Turner
As the Center’s founding Director, Brian has deep experience building industry-wide labor-management joint programs and partnerships, focusing both on the workplace and on public policy. In the 1990s he served as president of the Work and Technology Institute. He has written a series of reports on technology and trade, high road labor-management partnerships, deindustrialization and the growing polarization of US incomes.
Xinge is a respected practitioner of human capital solutions and senior analyst of labor market trends and workforce analytics. She is the lead author of the Center’s groundbreaking Metrics of Success series, and has led several DOT, DOL and TCRP research and implementation projects. She holds a Masters in HR and Industrial Relations from Penn State and is a certified Professional in Human Resources.
Director of Finance
Liz has 25 years of extensive accounting experience in the public accounting and non-profit sectors. She began as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick and then spent 15 years with the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute as the Senior Accountant on staff.
Tia is a Certified Project Manager Professional who has spent the last seven years managing projects for the Center. She is currently the Program Manager and Apprenticeship Consultant lead for the Center’s Apprenticeship project to develop transit apprenticeships in five transportation occupations: transit coach operator, bus maintenance, rail vehicle apprenticeship, signals maintenance apprenticeship, and elevator escalator maintenance. She has over 10 years of transportation industry experience, having worked as contract analyst for the Amalgamated Transit Union and as a transit coach operator for the University of Alabama. She holds an Master of Information Systems Management, Master of Project Management, Post-Graduate Degree Certificate in Instructional Technology, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
Program Manager - Instructional Systems Design
Julie has worked for non-profits for her entire professional career. For the last ten years, she has worked as an instructional designer and project manager for the Center. She has experience in creating content and managing development to meet timelines and strong standards of quality for all three of the Center’s national training consortia. She is currently the overall project manager of the National Signals Training Consortium and a PTC training coordination and development project through an industry OEM. Her political savvy, negotiating skills coupled with her close attention to detail and creativity on how to approach projects to keep deadlines contributes strongly to the Center. Julie also has a Masters in Urban Planning.
Patricia Greenfield, PhD, JD
Senior Program Director - Workforce Education
Pat brings to the Center over three decades of experience in labor, management, and workforce education at the U Mass. School of Management and the National Labor College. Her current work focuses on supporting career pathways for youth and community members for frontline positions in transit and connecting transit training programs to colleges so workers can also have a pathway to a degree.
Chuck Hodell, PHD
Currently the Associate Director of the Instructional Systems Design Program at UMBC and formerly Deputy Provost of the National Labor College, Chuck brings in-depth expertise in instructional design, curriculum and apprenticeship to the Center’s team. Joining the team from West Virginia, Chuck’s focus at the Center is on instructional systems design.
Program Director - Elevator/Escalator Consortium
Jim brings a wealth of experience to his role as Director for the National Elevator/Escalator Training Consortium. Prior to joining the Center, Jim was Manager for Elevator/Escalator at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Based in Chicago, he has over 30 years’ experience in transit and is an accomplished trainer, holding an M.Ed.
Joyce E. Williams
As the Center’s Office Manager, Joyce works as the glue holding everything together. In addition to typical office management functions, Joyce coordinates travel and logistics for the Center’s national committees. She joined the Center after serving as Office Manager at the Trust for Public Land.
Senior Instructional Design Associate
Before starting as Center staff in June 2016, Amri was an Instructional Design consultant with the Center for five years. She started as a consultant with over 20 years of experience teaching, facilitating groups, and designing learning at Montgomery College, American Nurses Association, Wilmer-Hale law firm, and the UFCW International union. Her areas of training include information technology, union skills, and staff development. Amri holds a Masters in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in Geography and Sociology from the University of the West Indies.
Originally from the Baltimore area, Kenyon has also lived in Maine, San Francisco and the Czech Republic. He now calls Washington, DC home. Kenyon has experience working in communications for a public radio affiliate in Baltimore as well as with international Non-Governmental Organizations. He also brings strong research and writing skills to the Center. Most recently Kenyon served as a Senior Project Coordinator helping to oversee a large USAID funded project grant in the Middle East and North Africa focused on peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Kenyon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Media and Communications Studies. He also has training as a video editor. While not trying to learn all he can about the transportation world, he enjoys working in his garden, traveling and cooking.
Senior Training Associate
Contella Mills is coming to the Center with a systems approach to problem solving. Her Instructional Design experience has been developed through her role as Logistics Engineer at Northrop Grumman working with training manual development along with projects in the non-profit sector building participant and facilitator guides for leadership development retreats and conferences. Contella is obtaining her Masters of Art in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC. She currently has a Masters of Science Industrial and Systems Engineering Masters and two Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Transportation from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.