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Mayor Bowser Announces Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Council

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Odie Donald II as the Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Council (WIC). The WIC is a private-sector led board responsible for advising the Mayor, DC Council, and District government on the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an integrated and effective workforce investment system. Donald will begin his new role as Executive Director today.

“Odie is a proven leader with more than ten years of experience planning and implementing effective programs to put residents to work,” said Mayor Bowser. “He possesses the strategic vision, leadership, and determination to help reform the District of Columbia’s workforce training program and create pathways to the middle class for District residents.” 

Previously, Donald served as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Services Director at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In that role, Donald oversaw the administration and contract compliance management of more than $90 million in federal grant funds for economic, workforce, and community development programs implemented across the state of Georgia.

Donald’s accomplishments include leading workforce initiatives that reinvested more than $200 million into Georgia’s tax base, a 125 percent return on investment. Before joining the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Donald served as the Executive Director for Coastal Workforce Services for the City of Savannah in Georgia. Donald received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and his Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

The District’s WIC will be putting forth a plan to redesign the city’s workforce development system and comply with federal WIOA requirements by early March, putting Donald’s experience as a former WIOA Services Director to work immediately. Donald’s appointment also rounds out the leadership of the WIC following the appointment of Andy Shallal, owner and founder of Busboys and Poets and Eatonville Restaurant, as WIC board chair.