Adine Forman has over 23 years of managerial experience with Los Angeles based social service, workforce development and governmental organizations. She is currently the Executive Director of the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA), a non-profit institution and a labor-management partnership/Taft-Hartley fund that provides benefits to both employers and the UNITE HERE Local 11 labor union, serving Los Angeles, Orange County and the entire State of Arizona. The HTA trains and upgrades the skills of thousands of UNITE HERE Local 11 hospitality and food service workers, who are predominantly women and people of color, and hail from all corners of the planet. The HTA works not only to up-skill existing employees that are represented by the labor union, but also provides a variety of workforce development, registered apprenticeships, vocational ESL and training programs that are funded by foundations and various government agencies to train low income, marginalized individuals for jobs in the hospitality and food service industries.
Prior to the HTA, Adine spent six years as the Director of Government Affairs & Special Projects at a large non-profit and One Stop, negotiating government contracts and working to secure government funding for the organization. Adine also worked for two Los Angeles County Departments as a Program Manager, overseeing $40 million dollars in government grants, with a staff of 40. Adine currently serves on the Los Angeles City Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the City of Santa Monica’s Cradle to Career Initiative. Adine is a lawyer, and has a J.D. from Loyola Law School, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona.