Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Congratulates Gov.-Elect Josh Shapiro’s Cabinet Nominees

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association congratulated Gov.-elect Shapiro’s cabinet nominees, including those who oversee and interact with Pennsylvania’s workforce development system. Carrie Amann, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association, made the following statement.

“Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro has appointed a strong team of cabinet nominees who will help make Pennsylvania’s workforce the strongest in the nation. We look forward to partnering with his administration and its leaders to implement the Governor-elect’s vision. 

Nancy Walker has a long record as a champion for Pennsylvania workers. We look forward to working with her to modernize Pennsylvania’s CareerLink network. We want to ensure we meet workers and businesses where they are to ensure we are providing the training that workers need and the workforce that drives our businesses. 

Khalid Mumin has taught, trained, mentored, and led students in multiple Pennsylvania school districts. He understands our students’ and school districts’ unique needs, and we look forward to working with him to help prepare our students for fruitful careers. 

Rick Siger has deep experience in emerging technologies, stakeholder engagement, and policy. As Pennsylvania seeks to strengthen relationships between universities, employers, and students, Rick Siger will be well-positioned to drive change and help to improve our workforce, and strengthen Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships. 

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh has experience administering workforce programs as a County Commissioner, and we are excited for her to bring this experience and perspective to the Department of Human Services. Among the department’s many functions, they play an integral but often overlooked role in Pennsylvania’s workforce development system. We look forward to working with a leader whose firsthand experience with workforce development can help shape the department’s engagement with stakeholders and the workforce development system. 

We look forward to working with all of these strong leaders and Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s administration to meet his goals of building the strongest workforce in the nation.”
The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association (PWDA) serves as the voice of the Pennsylvania workforce development system and a clearinghouse for workforce development information statewide. Known for Pennsylvania’s premier annual workforce development gathering every spring, we provide development and capacity building opportunities to workforce development professionals, local workforce development boards (WDBs), and other stakeholders while continuing proactive advocacy efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system. Learn more by visiting