Anna London, workforce champion and advocate for individuals in need, has been named Chief Operating Officer for Charlotte Works effective immediately. The role was previously held by new CEO and President, Danielle Frazier.
Charlotte Works, Mecklenburg County’s workforce development board, ensures the growing region has a skilled workforce that meets the current and future needs of employers through collaborations with business, government, education and training, and community partners.
“I am continually energized by the productive collaboration Charlotte Works has with our community, industry, education and economic development partners,” London says. “We work tirelessly to ensure our region has a highly skilled workforce that meets employers’ needs and provides local job seekers with rewarding opportunities where they and their families thrive.”
London, a Charlotte native, has been with Charlotte Works for over four years. Her experience as Program Supervisor for The Relatives, which serves youth and adults in crisis, positioned her well to serve as Charlotte Works Youth Program Manager. She assumed the role as Interim Operations Director overseeing day-to-day operations, and for the past 2 years has been the Director of Career and Talent Development managing all adult, dislocated worker, youth and community partnership programs.
“Anna has been instrumental in strengthening our workforce programs and increasing accessibility for those most in need,” says Danielle Frazier.
London’s accomplishments over her 4-year career with Charlotte Works are substantial and include:
- The newly formed North Carolina Youth Leads role which aligns Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded youth programs for all 23 statewide workforce boards. Over 6,100 North Carolina youth have been served through these programs during the 2017 program year.
- Development of the diesel auto mechanics pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship program in collaboration with Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and MeckEd. More than 15 young adults have participated since its inception.
- Broadened the reach of the Mecklenburg County NCWorks Career Centers by placing advisors outside the brick and mortar facilities and into the local community increasing ease of access and use by job seekers.
“The impact Charlotte Works and our partners have on this community is significant and visible,” says London. “Providing individuals, families, and communities with opportunities for upward mobility is my life’s work.”