Lois Johnson is the Director of Workforce Strategies for the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a statewide non-profit that works to grow and keep good jobs in New York State through boots on the ground work, deep workforce intelligence and flexible funding. In her role at WDI, Lois seeks out solutions and fresh approaches to intractable workforce challenges and promotes integration of new skills and competency tools to training and hiring across the state.
Previously, Lois served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Innovate+Educate working on building skills-based economies in New Mexico and nationally. As Director of Workforce for the State of New Mexico, she led statewide reorganization of the public workforce system, including consolidation of 41 workforce centers, development of a new demand-driven service model, and system-wide staff re-training. Lois was also the founder and executive director of a successful workforce training non-profit.