Port of Oakland hires workforce development industry leader

From: Port of Oakland [mailto:portofoakland@public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2018 8:00 AM
To: John Coleman
Subject: Press release – Port of Oakland hires workforce development industry leader
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Port of Oakland hires workforce development industry leader
Julina Bonilla fills newly-created position in the Social Responsibility Division 
Oakland, Calif. – May 7, 2018: The Port of Oakland today named Julina Bonilla the Workforce Development Manager in its Social Responsibility Division. In the newly-created position, Ms. Bonilla is primarily responsible for managing a workforce development program that gives local residents access to Port-related employment opportunities.
“Julina Bonilla brings strong leadership skills, a deep knowledge of workforce development innovation and success in building coalitions to get things done,” said Port of Oakland Social Responsibility Director Amy Tharpe. “Her collaborative approach and track record of delivering results will benefit our efforts to increase employment.” 
Ms. Bonilla’s responsibilities at the Port include partnering with government agencies, schools, labor, and the community to develop a program that prepares and places local residents in Port-related careers. This includes workers from underserved communities that face barriers to employment.
Ms. Bonilla has more than 20 years of workforce development experience and most recently served as Executive Director of the West Oakland Jobs Resource Center. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology and holds an elected position as Trustee for the Peralta Community Colleges.
The Port’s Social Responsibility Division is primarily responsible for ensuring that the local community has access to Port-related employment and business opportunities. Ms. Bonilla can be reached at 510-627-1305 or jbonilla@portoakland.com.
About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port’s 5-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.
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Port of Oakland

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