The Massachusetts Workforce Association (MWA) is a statewide membership association that leads, advocates and convenes on behalf of the Massachusetts workforce development system.


We are the voice for the Commonwealth’s workforce development system, encompassing an array of partners and stakeholders, including the MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Boards. MWA provides a unified voice for the state’s regionally-led workforce development system to ensure it is responsive to the dynamic demands of businesses, job seekers, incumbent workers, and youth throughout the Commonwealth.

Diversity can show up in race, gender, sexual identity, nationality, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, veteran status, age, physical ability, regional diversity (rural, urban, surrounding communities), and many more expressions of identity. Many existing systems of power and privilege affect access to services unequally and that equity is crucial to the long-term viability of the organization.  We seek board members that represent the constituents that we serve to give power to the many voices within workforce development.



The Massachusetts Workforce Association’s 15-member Board of Directors is composed of knowledgeable leaders from business, nonprofit, labor, and the workforce system. The Board is private sector-led and helps guide the strategic direction of the organization.

Valerie Sutton
Exponential Changemakers
MassHire Metro North Workforce Board

VICE CHAIR Bobby Tugbiyele The Leap Network

Charles Gagnon
Volunteers of America Massachusetts>

Robert Bower
Mass AFL-CIO and Community Labor United

Greg Bunn MassHire Metro South/West Workforce Board

Robert Corley NeighborWorks Housing Solutions

David Gadaire MassHire Holyoke Career Center

Maura Geary MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center

Lisa Gurgone Mystic Valley Elder Services

Joe Lopes MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board

Emmanuel Owusu African Bridge Network

Karen Pelletier Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce MassHire Central Workforce Board

Erin Travassos Eversource

Stan Usovicz Verizon


MWA welcomes nominations to our board of directors. To learn more and apply or nominate someone, click the link below.


Valerie J. Sutton
Acting Executive Director


Kelly Hanlon
Associate Director
Kelly Hanlon is the Associate Director of MWA and has more than twenty years of experience in organizational and employee development. Kelly served as an Event Manager for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Office of External Relations and University Events. Kelly also worked for TJX Companies in operations management. She worked for Senator Ted Kennedy in his Office of Labor and Industry and in the Office of Communications. She is a graduate of George Washington University (BS).


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