Bishara Addison Appointed to National Workforce Panel to Advise Biden Administration on Economic Recovery Policies


Towards Employment is pleased to announce that Bishara Addison has been appointed by National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) to serve on a national Manufacturing Panel that will advise the Biden administration on its “Made in All of America” initiative and related policies.

Bishara Addison, along with other leaders in the panel, will meet in the coming months with Biden administration officials at the Department of Commerce, as well as Congressional leadership to help shape federal recovery policies for the manufacturing industry.

“We want to ensure that federal recovery efforts support the businesses and workers most impacted by the pandemic, particularly workers of color, women, and workers with a high school degree or less,” said Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of National Skills Coalition. “We know that skills training alone will not ensure an inclusive recovery, but we also know that it must be part of our nation’s federal policy response. If we want those policies to succeed, industry leaders must help shape them.”

NSC and BLU convened a total of four recovery panels for the following industries: HealthcareManufacturingInfrastructure, and Retail/Hospitality.

Different industries have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. The goal of the industry recovery panels is to ensure that federal recovery initiatives include investments in job training and support services that workers and businesses need to adapt to the structural shifts within their industries.

“We appreciate the opportunity to bring the experiences of front line workers, new workers and those who have been hardest hit by this pandemic to this conversation.  Through industry partnerships and community collaboration, we have been part of a model on-ramp to manufacturing careers that connects non-traditional talent to local employers with living wage jobs and career pathways" says Jill Rizika, Executive Director of this Cleveland based workforce nonprofit.  “Supported by Cuyahoga County’s Workforce Connect, the MAGNET-led Manufacturing Sector Partnership created a manufacturing career pathway for 32 Clevelanders in 2020 and in 2021, another 120 people will join them.”

The Industry Recovery Panel initiative is supported in part by Walmart, JPMorgan Chase, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Microsoft.