Mayor Castor Announces Chairs and Members of the Workforce Development Advisory Team as part of her Transforming Tampa's Tomorrow Effort

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Today, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced the third of her five-part 'Transforming Tampa's Tomorrow' transition advisory teams by naming Tim Marks, President and CEO of Metropolitan Ministries and Dr. Ginger Clark, HCC Ybor Campus President and Vice President of Workforce Training as co-chairs of her Workforce Development Advisory Team.


“Growing and encouraging local talent is the surest way to continue Tampa's growth into the future,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “This team has the reach, connections, and the will to position Tampa for an even brighter future. The collaborations, connections, and collective partnerships will create a network to uplift Tampa’s growing need for a talented workforce for decades to come.”


The Workforce Development Advisory Team will complement two other teams that launched earlier this month to focus on Transportation and Development Services, respectively The Advisory Teams are vital to helping guide the Mayor's strategic visioning for key City priorities and are planned to each engage for approximately 90 days.


The Workforce Development Advisory Team will kick-off at a meeting on July 29th at 9:00 a.m. at 201 N. Franklin Street in Suite 2900.


Workforce Development Members


Co-Chair Tim Marks: Tim Marks came to Metropolitan Ministries in 2006 after serving as the Executive Director of Community Relations for the Boston Rescue Mission. Prior to serving at the rescue mission, Tim worked in the corporate world for more than 21 years as an engineer, account executive and sales director.  


Co-Chair Dr. Ginger Clark:  Dr. Clark currently serves as Vice President of Workforce Training where she oversees the Corporate and Continuing Education, Adult Basic Education, and Post-Secondary Vocational Education programs. Dr. Clark has 25+ years of experience in higher education.



Steve Cona: President & CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and member of the Hillsborough County School Board. He was Florida Governor Rick Scott’s appointee to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees and serves on the advisory board for Visit Tampa Bay. 


Robert Blount: Abe Brown Ministries. Robert along with the Hillsborough County Department of Human Services and the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) Middle District of Florida founded the Hillsborough Ex-offender Re-entry Network (HERN). 


Chloe Coney: Former District Director for Congresswoman Kathy Castor. Founder/ and former President of Corporation to Develop Communities. Former Center Manager of the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center “One Stop Social and Medical Center” in Hillsborough County, Florida. She has served as the Seed Coordinator for the Department of Justice Tampa Weed and Seed Program and worked as the first black female Probation and Parole Officer with the Department of Corrections (1972). 


Eunic Ortiz:  Assistant Director of Communications at Service Employees International Union; adjunct professor of communications at the University of Florida; former spokesperson and digital communications manager for the New York City Council.


Karen Arnold:  Karen Arnold is the Senior Vice President Investor Relations of The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was an active volunteer and served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee in a variety of capacities. Arnold is a graduate of The University of Tennessee where she graduated with a degree in Finance and Banking.


Jesse Coraggio: Jesse was previously the Vice President of Strategic Impact at St. Petersburg College. He is a former Chair of the Florida College System’s Council of Instructional Affairs (CIA) and a former President of the Florida Association for Institutional Research (FAIR). His involvement in the community includes serving as the Chair of the Seminole Educational Ecosystem and a member of the Leadership Council for LEAP Tampa Bay. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of South Florida.


Cheryl Schroeder: Executive Director, West Central Florida Labor Council, AFL-CIO.


Mike Ramsey:  Director General Career, Technical, & Adult Education, Hillsborough County Public Schools. Former Director of Workforce & Continuing Education, Supervisor - Career and Technical Education Division, Assistant Principal- Tampa Bay Technical High School, and teacher at Plant and Blake.


James Ransom: Board Member and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs. Longtime Hillsborough County employee.

John Flanagan: CEO of Career Source. John Flanagan is the CEO of CareerSource Tampa Bay. Mr. Flanagan started his official duties on January 22, 2019. Mr. Flanagan was previously the Executive Director of the Bucks County Workforce Development Board, a county of approximately 630,000 in the Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Statistical area. He was a key player in regional initiatives with multiple Workforce Development Boards in PA and NJ that provided integrated center operations and Career Pathway initiatives for a region of more than 6 million people.

Todd Fultz: Managing Director, Plaza Construction. Former vice president of the Central Florida region for Manhattan Construction. Chairman of the board of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Patsy Sanchez: Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of South Florida System (USF) and director of the USF Latino Scholarship Program. Member, Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Council and the Mayor's Latin Community Committee.