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Nancy Snyder

Nancy Snyder brings over thirty years of experience in designing and implementing creative workforce development strategies to serve adults, youth and businesses. Nancy’s consulting work includes program design, strategic planning, business development, research and facilitation. 

Nancy served as the President & CEO of Commonwealth Corporation from 2007 until  2017. At Commonwealth Corporation, she managed an annual budget of $45 million in grantmaking and investments to strengthen the skills of current, unemployed, and emerging workers through innovative partnerships with industry, education, and workforce organizations. During her tenure at Commonwealth Corporation, over 7,000 adults participated in education and training services for in demand careers, over 30,000 teens and young adults participated in work experience and work readiness programs, and 966 businesses received grants to train 67,000 workers. She co-authored studies on closing the skills gap and the underlying causes of the decline in teen employment rates. She was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as interim Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development from November 2009 to January 2010.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Corporation, she served as the Deputy Director of the Boston Private Industry Council, launching a competitive model of labor exchange services, welfare to work partnerships, and sector partnerships to train incumbent workers in health care and financial services. She held a number of roles in Boston City government including Director of the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services and the Staff Director of the Mayor’s Office.  She holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Graduate School of Business. She serves as Treasurer of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and chairs the Board of the Academy of the Pacific Rim.