Workforce Solutions Alamo
Workforce Leadership Academy

Workforce Solutions Alamo is pleased to announce the launch of the Workforce Solutions Alamo Workforce Leadership Academy for 2023-2024

The Workforce Leadership Academy brings leaders from across the Alamo Region workforce ecosystem together for a year-long series of retreats, workshops, and action learning projects. The Academy provides a forum for local leaders to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems-based challenges and create shared solutions for economic opportunity for all. Fellows work with leading practitioners throughout the country as they deepen networks: strengthen systems leadership skills; apply race, equity, and systems change frameworks to their work; and increase understanding of effective strategies and programs.

Alumni of the Academy become part of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, joining Fellows from fourteen previous Academies in eleven cities in the US and Canada

Virtual Information Session

Watch this pre-recorded webinar to learn more about the Academy, Click Here

2023 Aspen Fellows

Dr. Adriana Rocha GarciaSan Antonio City CouncilDistrict 4 Councilwoman
Angelica Cervantes, LCSW-SYWCA-SAChief Operating Officer
Ashley GeyerGuido CompaniesDirector of Employee Engagement
Caroline GoddardWorkforce Solutions AlamoStrategic Community Partnership Manager/Equal Opportunity Officer
Christopher Mammengreater:SATXVice President of Workforce Development
Deborah CarterBexar County - Economic & Community DevelopmentEconomic Development Director
Deborah Siller-CruzEach One Teach OneExecutive Director
Janie Martinez GonzalezWebheadCEO and Digital Engineer
Kat LalloConverse Economic Development CorporationBusiness Retention and Expansion Manager
Kelli G. RhodesRestore EducationPresident & CEO
Lakeshia BraggUnited Way of San Antonio and Bexar CountySystems Director, Dual Generation Initiative
Manuel UguesSerco of Texas, Inc.Regional Director
Mike CrowleyNew Braunfels EDCDirector, Workforce and Industry Development
Natasha RichardsonCommunities In SchoolsStrategic Partnership Manager
Richard DavidsonFamily Service Association of San Antonio, Inc.COO
Robert H. Reyna, MBABexar County - Community & HousingCommunity Development Director
Robert SpencerExpress Employment ProfessionalsOwner
Sandra Torres RichardsonStrategic LinksPresident
Sonia SandovalBexar County Community Supervision & Corrections Dept.Program Analyst II
Steve DaneHaven for Hope of Bexar CountyDirector, Income & Skills Development
Virginia "Nina" VillaltaCity of San Antonio - Department of Human ServicesSenior Management Analyst
Yousef KassimEasy ExpunctionsCEO
View the Alamo Region Workforce Leadership Academy — 2023 Fellows and Facilitators Bio Page: Click Here
Presentations from the Alamo Region Workforce Leadership Academy Fellows:
Education & Training 
Employer Partnerships
Strategic Navigation
Measures & Outcomes


The Academy engages leaders in a yearlong peer learning cohort to:

  • Expand and deepen professional networks and partnerships;
  • Strengthen organizational and systems leadership skills;
  • Apply a race and equity lens to assess and improve workforce services and strategies;
  • Apply systems change framework to Fellows’ work;
  • Deepen understanding of effective strategies and programs; and
  • Provide a forum to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems based challenges and create shared solutions

Fellows participate in:

Over the academy year beginning January 12th, 2023, Fellows participate in:

  • A virtual 90-minute orientation
  • An opening three-day retreat (two overnights)
  • Five Academy sessions and five Collaborative Learning Labs meetings held during the same week: four held online (5 hours) and one held in person (6 hours)
  • One leadership 360 assessment process and debrief workshop
  • A closing three-day retreat (two overnights)
  • Collaborative Learning Lab presentations at an in-person stakeholder event
  • Reception event for supervisors and advisors
  • Partners may also decide to offer additional networking and social events


The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington DC. Its mission is to spark intellectual inquiry and exchange, create a diverse worldwide community of leaders committed to the greater good, and provide a nonpartisan forum for reaching solutions on vital public policy issues. The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program advances promising strategies and policies to help low- and moderate-income Americans connect to and thrive in a changing economy. Over its 25 years of work, the Economic Opportunities Program has focused on expanding individuals’ opportunities to connect to quality work, start businesses, and to build assets and economic stability.

This initiative is made possible by the generous support of Walmart, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr Foundation.



“Through the course of a year, it will transform how you view and leverage partnerships, advocate on behalf of disenfranchised populations, listen to dissenting views with earnest validation, along with transforming your community outcomes through an action-oriented systems thinking approach.”

“My work is deep in program and operations and this was hugely helpful to challenge myself to take a step back and evaluate the bigger issues at play.”

“… an incredible learning opportunity to understand yourself as a leader, challenge yourself in discomfort, identify the major players in the local workforce space and meet great people, doing great work – all through a critical racial equity lens.”

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