Danielle Frazier, a longtime leader in workforce development, will take the role of President & Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Works, effective immediately.
Charlotte Works, Mecklenburg County’s workforce development board, endeavors to ensure the growing Charlotte region has a skilled workforce to meet the current and future needs of employers through collaborations with business, government, educational opportunities and other nonprofits. “I’m energized by Charlotte Works’ collaboration with industry and community partners to provide solutions to our workforce challenges,” Frazier says. “One of my favorite parts about this work is hearing the success stories of how we helped an individual gain skills, credentials, and a job making livable wages, despite facing multiple obstacles.”
Frazier, 39, has experience in nearly all facets of the nonprofit: youth programs director, accountability analyst, chief operating officer and has most recently served as interim president and CEO since June. She’s led strategic planning and execution, organizational performance, program development and management as well as process improvement. “Danielle is a dedicated leader known for strong workforce knowledge, development and execution for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community,” says Toya Del Valle, Charlotte Works board chair. “She is committed to the mission of Charlotte Works and has proven her ability to grow the organization with far reaching community impact, inclusion initiatives and partnerships.”
In Frazier’s nearly 11 years with Charlotte Works, her leadership is reflected in her accomplishments:
● Developed and executed the first five year strategic plan on how to best provide career
services to youth and young adults.
● Transformed youth programs to a career-pathway approach that prepared young adults for
career related employment and not just a job.
● Launched the Youth Business Connector (YBC), a free, online tool that connects employers and
educators to provide real-world career experiences for students, the first of its kind in North
● In collaboration with regional workforce boards and partners, led development of NCWorks
certified regional career pathways in advanced manufacturing and healthcare.
● Presented to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce to
share the innovative healthcare career pathway collaboration with Atrium Health, Charlotte Works and workforce partners.
The programs and collaborations put forth by Charlotte Works are transformative, Frazier says, and the impact on economic mobility in the Queen City is tangible. “To be a part of such a critical piece of the puzzle to a thriving economy — employment — is amazing,” she says. “When employers express how our services connected them with qualified candidates or how we assisted in increasing skills for their existing talent; those are the moments that make it all worthwhile.”
MORE ABOUT CHARLOTTE WORKS
Founded in 1998, Charlotte Works, a nonprofit organization, serves as the workforce development board for Mecklenburg
County. Charlotte Works convenes workforce, economic development, educational and industry partners to align the
workforce system by strengthening partnerships, guiding policy and promoting career pathways.