Tamara Atkinson serves as the CEO of Workforce Solutions – Capital Area Workforce Board, the workforce development board for Austin, TX. Ms. Atkinson is responsible for strategic alignment and performance of all operations within the organization, as well as all external relations with community leaders, elected officials, and national education and workforce entities. She manages a board of directors comprised of 27 public/private sector representatives from across Travis County. Ms. Atkinson has served Workforce Solutions in progressively more responsible positions for more than 17 years. Most recently, Ms. Atkinson expanded the Board’s impact through the creation of the Master Community Workforce Plan, which includes career pathway development for economically disadvantaged residents and opportunity youth. She holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of North Texas, later working at an English language school in North Africa for five years.