Mardia A. Shands Appointed to National Workforce Panel to Advise Biden Administration on Economic Recovery Policies

Mardia A. Shands Consultancy LLC is pleased to announce that it’s Founder and CEO, Mardia A. Shands has been appointed by National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) to serve on a national Healthcare Panel that will advise the Biden administration on its caregiving workforce initiative and related policies.

Ms. Shands along with other leaders in the panel, will meet in the coming months with Biden administration officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and Congressional leadership to help shape federal recovery policies for the healthcare industry.

“We want to ensure that federal recovery efforts support the businesses and workers most impacted by the pandemic, particularly workers of color, women, and workers with a high school degree or less,” said Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of National Skills Coalition. “We know that skills training alone will not ensure an inclusive recovery, but we also know that it must be part of our nation’s federal policy response. If we want those policies to succeed, industry leaders must help shape them.”

NSC and BLU convened a total of four recovery panels for the following industries: HealthcareManufacturingInfrastructure, and Retail/Hospitality.

Different industries have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. The goal of the industry recovery panels is to ensure that federal recovery initiatives include investments in job training and support services that workers and businesses need to adapt to the structural shifts within their industries.

“It is my privilege to serve on this panel since the Healthcare sector will be one of the leading sectors in creating high quality, high paying jobs for people as we work on the nation’s economic recovery.”

The Industry Recovery Panel initiative is supported in part by Walmart, JPMorgan Chase, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Microsoft.

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