Director of Workforce Development: Mary Ann Rojas
Mary Ann Rojas brings with her over 17 years of experience in workforce development, business and economic development, system design and strategic planning and has demonstrated top quality performance managing large scale multi-million dollar projects and re-engineering organizations through the tactical use of lean principles, evidence based strategies and leadership concepts; these efforts have garnered local and national recognition as well as the attention of additional funding partners, community groups and public boards. Over the course of her career she has served as Executive Director of Work source of the South Plains and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend in Lubbock and Corpus Christi, Texas, respectively.
During her tenure, Mary Ann successfully leveraged partnerships and collaborations with industry partners and educational institutions resulting in training programs and initiatives such as the "Get Your Job On" Summer youth program which secured employment for over 500 disadvantaged youth and the Workforce Development Coalition which received the Theodore E. Small Partnership Award in 2009. As director, Mrs. Rojas oversaw the redesign and implementation of new workforce system policies, elevated the presence of the workforce system within the local communities, successfully secured federal money for training initiatives, developed and implemented plans to improve customer service, and formed regional coalitions to address workforce issues.
Additionally, as a consultant, Mrs. Rojas has been responsible for incorporating workforce systems into existing business models and for the assessment and improvement of company infrastructure. She has served as a grant writer and lead project manager on Request for Proposal submissions; of which she has helped to bring in a combined 26 million dollars for federally run programs such as child care and workforce delivery. Mary Ann Rojas holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences for Midwestern State University and is a certified Workforce Professional and Vocational Rehabilitation Provider.
Mary Ann is married and has two daughters and one granddaughter.