Community Renewal
Task Force

The Community Renewal Task Force has jurisdiction over a broad range of issue areas including Workforce, Housing, Nutrition, Education, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, and Broadband.

Federal Priorities

  • Buildout of broadband projects
  • Funding levels for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and critical public safety funding
  • State unemployment insurance systems
  • Federal resources for state workforce needs and labor shortages
  • State education financing

America’s Return To Work

During the National Governors Association 2022 Winter Meeting, NGA’s Community Renewal Task Force convened with business and workforce development leaders to discuss the historic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s workforce and ways to strengthen the economy going forward.


  • Dr. Mardy Leathers – Director, Missouri Office of Workforce Development
  • Ms. Kristen Titus – Executive Director, Cognizant Foundation
  • Ms. Leanne Gassaway – Vice President, State Government Affairs, CVS Health
  • Ms. Rachel Romer Carlson – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Guild Education

2022 Task Force

Governor Mike Parson, Missouri – Co-Chair

Governor Albert Bryan, Virgin Islands – Co-Chair

NGA Staff

  • Tim Carlton, Legislative Director
  • Christian Lovell, Legislative Director