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Martin Simon

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Associate Director
Economic Opportunity Division

Contact: Martin Simon


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