Economic Opportunity Division
Simon directs policy and legislative analysis, research, information sharing and technical assistance services to states related to workforce and economic development policy and programs. Simon has worked on a variety of NGA Center projects including studies on the development of industry-based skills standards and certification, incumbent worker training, adult literacy, school-to-work and restructuring state workforce development systems. He is a nationally recognized expert on workforce development and economic development.
Martin's workforce development program includes the "Next Generation of Workforce Development Policy project;" leading a federal-state-local consortium to prepare state and local workforce systems for the implementation of common performance measures across major workforce, welfare and education programs; providing support to two NGA affiliate associations—the National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs and the National Association of State Workforce Liaisons; and monitoring and analyzing major federal action, including the reauthorization of workforce-related legislation and providing customized technical assistance to states on workforce development and related issues, policies and practices.
Previous Positions: Deputy Director, Michigan Human Investment Fund; Manager, Policy and Coordination, Michigan Governor's Office for Job Training; Manager, Michigan Job Opportunity Programs, Michigan Governor's Office for Job Training; Program Consultant, Michigan Governor's Office for Job Training; Project Director, Michigan Interagency Collaborative Project, Michigan Department of Labor; Manager, Employment and Career Education, Youth Development Corporation
Education: M.A., Western Michigan University; B.A., University of Detroit
Professional Memberships: Staff Director, National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs