Education & Workforce Roundtable

Businesses need a qualified workforce to thrive. The Education & Workforce Roundtable works in collaboration with employers, educators and job training programs to ensure local students receive an excellent education and relevant training to prepare them for the workforce and/or college. The committee is also focused on supporting local efforts to assist youth employment programs and the implementation of major workforce-focused legislation such as the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which has significant implications for career-driven pathway development and removing barriers to employment.

The Education & Workforce Roundtable meets quarterly at the Chamber office located at 402 West Broadway, Suite, 1000.

If you’re interested in learning more about our committee or would like to join the Education & Workforce Roundtable, contact Dike Anyiwo at

Interested in starting a work experience program to help build a strong workforce tomorrow? View our Work Experience Programs resource page to learn more about the different ways companies can involve students or future employees.

Committee chairs

Chair: Teresa Stivers, Walden Family Services
Vice Chair: Vince Vasquez, National University

2020 Focus Statement:

The Chamber’s Education and Workforce Roundtable supports advocacy and direct efforts to ensure California remains competitive in a global economy through quality education system programs and policies that lay the foundation for a strong future for the economic and overall well-being of our communities, youth, and its residents.

2020 Policy Platform:

The Chamber’s Education and Workforce Roundtable is committed to supporting local, state, and federal legislation that:

  • Promotes increased accountability for student performance and learning outcomes through the use of efficient systems and metrics, and advocate for quality implementation of policies that support student career readiness
    • Continue to support effective implementation of State ESSA Plan
    • Continue to support adequate funding of the Local Control Funding Formula
  • Expand resources to support parents in their child’s educational success
    • Advance access to and quality implementation of the early childhood education investments, including access to childcare for working parents
  • Create partnerships to deliver high school and college graduates with 21st Century skills, including an emphasis on STEAM and San Diego’s priority sectors
    • Career and Technical Education courses in high schools and college
    • Support and promote internship and job shadowing programs
    • Linked Learning
  • Cultivate business and civic leaders to drive quality education reform and partner with local school districts for education initiatives.
    • Provide diverse career exposure throughout K-12 via Career Day
    • Foster high-wage job creation, business growth, and economic development in San Diego
  • Improve student access to and completion of post-secondary education and training, including degrees, certificates, and credentials.
    • Support and advocate for DACA legislation
    • Support state adoption of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
    • Support Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA)