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Earl Buford | President, CAEL

Earl Buford | President, CAEL

Current Position and Past Experience
Earl Buford is currently President of CAEL. He most recently served as chief executive officer of Partner4Work, the leader of the public workforce system for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, where he managed public and private funds to deliver innovative solutions to ensure that current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met.

Buford also served previously as chief executive officer of Employ Milwaukee, where he was nationally recognized for the implementation and integration of a sector-based approach to workforce development. Employ Milwaukee provided employer engagement through Industry Advisory Boards and created Midwest Urban Strategies, a national consortium of urban workforce boards that built an innovative supply-demand model to cultivate talent development and employer engagement in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Buford is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Buford is active with several national organizations, including the National Fund for Workforce Solutions board of directors, Council of State Governments advisory boards, the Opportunity America community college advisory group, the Cleveland Federal Reserve Board’s Pittsburgh Chapter, and the National Skills Coalition. His published works include “Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies'' and “The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership: The Evolution of an Intermediary, the Shifting Target of Twenty-First Century Manufacturing, and the Continuing Relevance of Unions in Labor Markets.

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