HARTFORD, CT, January 31, 2017 — Recognizing his career-long commitment and passion to workforce development, the Capital Workforce Partners Board of Directors has appointed Alex B. Johnson as President and Chief Executive Officer. Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) is one of five regional Workforce Development Boards in the State of Connecticut, and represents the 37 towns and their consortium of Chief Elected Officials that comprise the North Central Connecticut region. In his new role, Mr. Johnson will be responsible for leading regional efforts to engage businesses, public agencies, labor unions and community organizations to help job seekers build the skills for in-demand occupations.

Marcia Leclerc, Mayor of East Hartford and Chair of CWP’s Consortium of Chief Elected Officials said “Strong leadership and a talented team of professionals is what brings an organization from good to great.”

Previously, Mr. Johnson served for 16 years as the organization’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.  As EVP/COO, Mr. Johnson was responsible for the daily oversight and direction of Capital Workforce Partners staff, programs, and services and provided regular support to the Board of Directors. Most recently, Mr. Johnson spearheaded the implementation of a new vision for workforce development in the region, under the 2015 federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  He has served as Acting President and CEO since last September before being formally appointed by the Board of Directors on Wednesday January 25th.

CWP’s Board Chair Thomas Mongellow said, “Alex has a strong understanding and demonstrated expertise in workforce development across our region, and this will clearly be of great value in his new role as CWP’s President and CEO. Under his leadership CWP will only increase its ability to create success for the job seekers and employers, throughout the 37 towns we serve.”

Mr. Johnson said, “I am excited to lead CWP on its “Path to the Future” to ensure we have a clear vision and aligning it to our actions as an organization.  I look forward to the opportunity to make CWP a premier organization as the regional Workforce Development Board, which drives closing the skills gap, while being responsive to the needs of job seekers and employer needs.”

Mr. Johnson has spent his career dedicated to helping individuals build careers that align to the demands of businesses.  Prior to 2001, Mr. Johnson was the Executive Director of the Northeast Connecticut Regional Workforce Investment Board, DBA Workforce ONE. He has extensive experience working with business-led Boards, employer engagement strategies and he has comprehensive knowledge and experience working with federal/state legislation and workforce development funded programs.

Mr. Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut.  Mr. Johnson is a Hartford native and currently resides in Windsor with his wife Valerie and three sons.