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Carma Lacy

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Carma Lacy conquered her family circumstances through faith, education, and determination.


Carma Lacy is currently the Executive Director of the Orange County Workforce Development Board (OCWDB) and the Director of Workforce and Economic Development for Orange County. In this position, she not only creates local policies, but she also implements strategies to address education and workforce issues that impact local businesses, job seekers and youth. She also provides fiscal and program oversight for over 30 million dollars in funding provided by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, State of California Employment Development Division, Orange County Social Services Agency (Welfare to Work Program), and the County of Orange.


The programs funded by the above entities support individuals with barriers to employment which include youth, adults, veterans, justice involved, individuals with disabilities and dislocated workers with employment and education opportunities. In addition, she provides program and fiscal oversight of the 75 million dollars in CARES Act funding to local businesses impacted by COVID?19.


She has held numerous leadership positions both locally and nationally. Carma’s experience includes fifteen years in program administration, financial management, workforce development and investment oversight with the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation, the State of Ohio, Nationwide Insurance, BISYS Fund Services, and Huntington National Bank.


Over her career, Carma has been instrumental in the creation of Adult, Youth and Dislocated Worker programs funded with Federal, State, and Local awards. The programs included; WIOA, WIA, ARRA (stimulus-funded) Urban Youth Works, Constructing Futures, TANF Connecting The Dots (Youth Aging out of Foster Care), WIA Summer Youth Program (21 Century Workforce Skills Model), Wagner-Peyser and Veterans funded “On The Job Training” and WIA “Out of School Youth Program”. She has accumulated over 88 million in capital fundraising campaigns, grant applications and facilitate community conferences on economic empowerment, education, healthy lifestyles, and political engagement.


A product of the Columbus, Ohio public school system and an alumnus of the Franklin County Children’s Services Emancipation program, Carma holds a Master of Public Administration from Strayer University, MBA from Ohio Dominican University and a BS degree in Law concentrating in Paralegal Studies from Capital University Law School.


Carma contributes to the community by donating her expertise in project management, business development, and social media skills to local nonprofits. Her civic and charitable commitments include support for the following organizations: Foster Care Alumni of America, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Rise Sister Rise, the Ohio Sickle Cell Association, Gateway Health & Wellness Center, YMCA Homeless Shelter, Strategies against Violence Everywhere (S.A.V.E.), Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, and Mid-Ohio Food Bank.


Carma is the ideal profile of a determined, efficacious adult that conquered her plight as a ward of the State of Ohio from the age of two to her emancipation from foster care at 18. Today, she is the proud mother of two boys and is surrounded by friends and colleagues that provide her with love, motivation, and support. She currently resides in Irvine, California.

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