Jose Ortiz, Shelby Schneider
Topic: NYC & NYS Workforce: An Inclusive Vision of Recovery for All New Yorkers
Bio: Jose Ortiz Jr. was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC), the nation’s largest city-based membership association for the workforce development industry, in February 2018. An accomplished New York City nonprofit leader, Jose has spent his career building and overseeing programs and initiatives at premier social sector organizations across education, leadership, innovation and workforce development.
Jose has testified before the United States Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on the subject of “Connecting More People to Work”. Jose has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Politico, Newsweek, Crain’s NY, New York Daily News, NPR and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and has appeared on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis and WBAI’s “Max & Murphy”. Jose was the youngest person to be named to City & State’s 2019 Nonprofit Power 100, and named again in 2021. Jose was named to Crain’s New York Business 2021 Notable in Nonprofit and Philanthropy list, as well as the inaugural class of the Robin Hood Power Fund invests in leaders of color who are “tackling inequities and driving solutions across New York City, while bringing perspective, proximity, and expertise to the fight against poverty.”
Shelby Schneider is the Deputy Director of the New York State Economic Development Council. Schneider has over twenty-years of experience working in economic development in Saratoga County. In her most recent role, she served as the President and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership leading critical economic and workforce development initiatives across the public and private sectors, driving economic success for residents, businesses and government in Saratoga County, New York.
Topic: Creating Pathways to High-Potential Jobs for Low-Income New Yorkers
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
Topic: Measuring Our Value: Consistent Data for New York Continuing Education
Bio: Carrie Woerner was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2014 while serving as vice president and general manager of Meet Max Conference Software, a division of The Wall Street Transcript. In the Assembly, Woerner advocates for responsible spending and is focused on improving the business climate for small businesses and farms, strengthening public schools and protecting the traditions, heritage and culture of Saratoga and Washington counties. Now in her fourth term, Woerner was appointed to Chair of the Legislative Commission on Skills Development and Career Education. She has been a strong advocate for apprenticeship programs, for Career and Technical Education offered through the BOCES system and has fought to expand funding for the Early College High School and P-Tech programs. Woerner is a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on Agriculture, Local Governments, Racing and Wagering, Small Business and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committees, as well as a member of Joint Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, the Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus and serves as first vice chair of the Bipartisan Legislative Women’s Caucus.Over her first six years in office, Woerner has authored significant pieces of legislation positively impacting the business climate in her district and across New York State. These include a law to limit the inherent risk liability for agri-tourism businesses, a law easing requirements for in-classroom continuing education for insurance agents, a law creating the Upper Hudson Wine Trail, a law to reduce license fees for seasonal restaurants/bars, a law to ease restrictions on procurement of local foods by counties and BOCES. Woerner earned her undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. She began her successful 30-year career in software and technical writing working at firms such as IBM and Dell/Perot Systems. Carrie Woerner is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Center for the Family and has served on the Saratoga Arts Board of Directors
Chancellors Dr. Jim Malatras and
Topic: Meet your SUNY/CUNY Chancellors
Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez: Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Matos Rodríguez was president of CUNY’s Queens College from 2014 to 2019 and of CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx from 2009 to 2014, making him one of a select few U.S. educators who has led both a baccalaureate and a community college. From 2006 to 2008, Matos Rodríguez served as Puerto Rico’s Cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services. Earlier, he had been Senior Social Welfare and Health Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico. A cum laude graduate in Latin American Studies from Yale University, Matos Rodríguez received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He has taught at Yale, Northeastern University, Boston College, the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, City College and Hunter College, and was affiliated with the History department at the CUNY Graduate Center. At Hunter, he also directed the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, one of the largest and most important Latino research centers in the United States. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chancellor sits on the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In 2021, he joined the board of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and was named co-chair of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council (NYCREDC). He also serves on the boards of Phipps Houses and the United Way of New York City, and he is a member of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools steering committee. In 2020, the Chancellor was named by the American Council on Education (ACE) to a national task force focused on improving transfer of credit practices and to New York City’s Education Sector Advisory Council.