Interim Division Director
Economic Opportunity Division
Martin Simon is the interim division director of the Economic Opportunity Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. In this position, is responsible for managing and providing strategic direction for the Centers’ analysis, research, information development, and technical assistance services to governors and states related to workforce development, postsecondary education, human services and economic development policy and programs. In addition, he oversees several projects including the Center’s state sector strategies, adult postsecondary education; work-based learning and apprenticeship projects. Simon has authored and co-authored numerous NGA Center publications including: State Sector Strategies: Innovative Policies to Address Worker and Employer Needs and A Governor’s Guide to Creating a 21th Century Workforce. He has served on the U.S. Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, the National Advisory Panel on Employment and Training Research, and the National Advisory Group on Tapping Mature Talent.
Before joining NGA, Simon was the Associate Director for Policy and Program Development with the Governor’s Office in Michigan. In this position, he was responsible for managing the development of Michigan’s integrated human resource investment system; overseeing a range of employment and training policy and program development areas; directing staff support to the Governor’s Human Resource Investment Council; and advising key policymakers on a broad range of workforce development policy and programmatic issues. In other state positions, he provided consultation to companies as part of the state’s dislocated worker rapid response operation and worked with companies on customized training programs for new and incumbent workers. Prior to this work, he managed adult and youth development programs at the state and local levels.
Martin holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a BA in public administration and political science.
Martin originally hails from Michigan.