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Melinda Mack is the Executive Director of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), a nationally recognized, leading non-profit membership association in the field of workforce development. On behalf of its Members, NYATEP supports the engagement and development of workforce boards, business organizations, education and training providers, economic development entities, organized labor, elected officials and government agencies to sustain and enhance education, training, and employment for all New Yorkers.
During her tenure at NYATEP, Ms. Mack as grown the organization by more than 50% and moved the organization to one focused on innovation. Ms. Mack is a co-lead of the Invest in Skills NY initiative and campaign that successfully engaged the State in 2018 to invest more than $175 million in job training and workforce development. As a steadfast advocate and expert in system’s change; she champions the investment in and expansion of promising and evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for New Yorkers; the use of data to drive decision-making; and for eliminating silos that deter from high quality services. She has testified before Congress and has been invited by the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to provide insight on the impact of economic policy on low wage and under-employed workers.
In her previous role, Ms. Mack was the founding Director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation program, Graduate NYC!, an ambitious initiative bringing together the City University of New York, the NYC public schools and Mayor’s Office, and a range of external partners to effect system-wide changes aimed at improving college readiness and completion. Ms. Mack also served as the acting Executive Director for the New York City Workforce Board under the Bloomberg Administration. Before working in New York City, Ms. Mack worked in Upstate New York in local government working in both municipal finance and economic development in Buffalo and Albany.
Ms. Mack has received a baccalaureate degree in Urban and Public Policy from SUNY Buffalo, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a master’s degree in Regional Planning with a specialization in housing from SUNY Albany. She also is a graduate of the Columbia Business School’s Senior Leaders in Non-Profit Executive program, the New York City Workforce Leaders Academy, and Leadership Buffalo. Ms. Mack proudly serves on the National Skills Coalition Board. She is a published author, frequent commentator in the media. In 2018, she received recognition by City and State Magazine as 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in politics in New York State.
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Evelyn Ortiz is a workforce development leader with over 15 years of experience in government affairs, advocacy, community engagement & outreach, and program development. Currently she is the Deputy Director of the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP), a statewide workforce membership association focused on ensuring that every New Yorker has the necessary skills to access sustainable employment and that businesses have a skilled talent pipeline to support a robust statewide economy. As the Deputy Director at NYATEP, Evelyn leads the development, execution, and evaluation of NYATEP’s statewide policy and advocacy priorities.
Prior to joining NYATEP, Evelyn held the position of Chief External Affairs Officer at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), a leading youth and adult workforce development agency serving over 4,000 individuals in need of employment and educational training. Through her advocacy, she was able to triple the amount of government funding OBT secured, ensuring the sustainability of OBT’s critical programming for years to come.
Evelyn realized the power of advocacy while working for NYS Senator Kevin Parker as the Director of Constituent Affairs. In this role, she came face to face with constituents who were experiencing alarming unemployment rates and risked eviction due to the mortgage crisis and recession. In order to help strengthen the community she established workforce development initiatives that alleviated her constituent’s financial burdens and enhanced their access to economic success.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Evelyn grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and as an Advisory Member for the Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s degree in Social Work from SUNY Stony Brook University.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Megan Farry is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP). In this role, she works to support and connect workforce resources throughout the Western New York region, as well as develop and execute NYATEP’s professional development initiatives through LEVELUP NY. In her previous role with the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc. she was responsible for developing and executing career pathway training programs. Megan is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with experience spanning a variety of industries including real estate, manufacturing, and multi-national workforce solution firms. She holds a Communications degree from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.
Operations and Corporate Engagement Manager
Molly Tocin is the Operations and Corporate Engagement Manager at the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), a nationally recognized, leading nonprofit membership organization in the field of workforce development. She continues to grow the organizational corporate engagement in membership, fundraising and training capacities. Molly has had a successful career in development as she has continually raised funds for three leading capital region organizations and municipalities. Throughout her career, Molly has raised funds for educational workforce development in the arts for Proctors Collaborative, large scale free public concert series for the City of Albany Special Events department and pushed heart and brain health through advocacy with the American Heart Association. She has worked continuously with local and national organizations to raise awareness and highlight important causes that affect so many! Molly is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a degree in History and minor is Education as well as a wife and mom of 2 strong and independent little ladies.