Gregory Irish (or “Gregg,” as he prefers to be called) was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa as the Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB).
Gregg Irish has dedicated his entire career to public service and workforce development programs. He served as Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services and Labor since 1998. Previously, he worked in the Employment and Training/CareerWorks Division of Santa Cruz County’s Human Resources Agency. Prior to that position, he led the Human Services Department of the Santa Barbara County Administrator’s Office. In each of these capacities, Irish oversaw multi-million dollar budgets and implemented job training, worker outreach and social service initiatives for low-income residents. Irish obtained his undergraduate degree at Occidental College and graduate degree at Fordham University.
Funded primarily through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the City of Los Angeles WDB oversees the City’s $74 million system of 16 WorkSource Centers for adults and 14 YouthSource Centers for youth. These centers offer a wide range of quality employment-related services to both job seekers and employers. Over 170,000 jobseekers, 16,500 youth and 1,400 businesses are served annually through the WDB’s system.
The workforce delivery system is the second largest in the nation and operates through the partnership of various organizations including, community-based non-profits, labor organizations, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Community College District and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.