KRA Executive Elected NAWDP Chair

On August 17, 2012, Don Scott, KRA Senior Vice President for Workforce Operations, was elected by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) to be its Chair.  A life-time member of NAWDP*, Scott has served on the Board since 2008, and steps up to the new role from his previous position as Vice Chair, which he held for the past 2 years.  He also served on the Executive Committee, and as a member of the Finance Committee for 4 years, was active in retooling NAWDP’s financial management system.  Scott is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the California Workforce Association, representing the State’s One-Stop Career Centers’ Program operators. 

A former Naval officer, Scott has worked for KRA for more than 10 years, and currently manages the firm’s workforce operations, which includes WIA (Workforce Investment Act) One-Stops that serve Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth jobseekers, and numerous types of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) employment and training programs for recipients of public assistance.  Scott, who is credentialed by NAWDP as a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), earned a JD degree from the Louisiana State University Law School, and a BS degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M.

When contacted for comment, Scott stated, “I couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity to continue implementing NAWDP’s mission, the Board’s goals and objectives, and the dedication we all share in advancing the professionalism of the workforce development industry.  I am particularly looking forward to supporting the NAWDP membership staff, especially our Executive Director, Bridget Brown.  As head of an association with more than 4,500 members across the country, hers is an awesome responsibility, and I will continue to do all I can to support her.”

*Created in 1989, NAWDP is a professional association for individuals working in employment, training, and related workforce development programs, and is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the field and developing the professional skills of practitioners, with a special emphasis on front-line staff.  NAWDP works to encourage peer exchanges and information, and to advance issues of system change, cross-training, and program collaboration. NAWDP has administered the CWDP credential since 1999, and conducts a wide range of professional development services, including an annual conference averaging 1000 attendees, as well as co-sponsoring regional conferences.