31 Oct Anna London Named President & CEO of Charlotte Works
Following an extensive nationwide search, the Charlotte Works Board of Directors proudly announces the appointment of Anna London as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Works, effective immediately. Charlotte Works, Mecklenburg County’s beacon for workforce development, is dedicated to ensuring our region boasts a highly skilled workforce, one that aptly aligns with the present and future requirements of employers. This is achieved through dynamic collaborations with businesses, government entities, educational and training institutions, as well as our cherished community partners. Raki McGregor, Chair of Charlotte Works’ Board, expressed, “With this exceptional hire, we are poised to witness Charlotte Works advance further as the vanguard of workforce development in our community. Anna’s unwavering dedication to our organization’s mission, combined with her compassion for the people we serve, is truly remarkable.”
Anna London, a native of Charlotte, has dedicated nearly a decade to Charlotte Works, with the last five years being marked by her role as the Chief Operating Officer. Over her illustrious 9-year tenure, London has achieved remarkable milestones, including securing over $4 million in additional funding, impacting the lives of more than 150,000 individuals, and contributing to over $1.5 billion in participant earnings. Furthermore, London has been instrumental in establishing innovative community partnerships to enhance support for job seekers. In 2019, she collaborated with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office to offer NCWorks programming, services, and vocational training, funded by WIOA, for both pre- and post-release individuals incarcerated at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center, assigning two NCWorks career advisors to this effort.
In 2020, London successfully brokered a partnership with Mecklenburg County to establish the MeckWorks program, designed to provide comprehensive support to job seekers from the moment they step through the door until they secure employment with targeted employers. This initiative positively impacted over 200 individuals.
In 2022, London championed a partnership with United Way to provide place-based services in high need neighborhoods, aimed at delivering career readiness and workforce development services in high need neighborhoods. This partnership provides job seekers with NCWorks Career Center services in their community.
As Charlotte Works embarks on this exciting new chapter under Anna London’s leadership, she is poised to leverage the strong foundation in place and concentrate on elevating the organization’s growth and impact. In her own words, London emphasized, “Innovation is paramount for sustained success, and I’m thrilled about our continuous journey towards pioneering and innovative approaches to better cater to the needs of job seekers and businesses in our community.”