Diane Bosak is Vice President for Workforce Strategies and Policy at Achieving the Dream. In this role, Diane will oversee strategic and annual planning and goal development as well as stakeholder engagement to assist in continuous improvement of programming and evaluation of effectiveness. In addition, she will lead new efforts around workforce programs and policy that support student completion with a purpose.
Prior to joining ATD, Diane served as Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Department of Labor & Industry, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As deputy secretary, she led the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation efforts including evaluating the effectiveness of the one stop centers, training providers, and local boards. Diane launched an extensive stakeholder engagement process involving more than 350 people across seven work groups to ensure the Commonwealth received a variety of perspectives in the process to reset the workforce system. In addition to leading WIOA, she was also the state lead across all agencies on developing a summer youth employment strategy launched this year with an investment of $7.5 million by two agencies – Labor & Industry and Human Services – with the goal to expand and be far-reaching next year. Under her leadership, a new Office of Apprenticeship and Training was created to provide a renewed focus on apprenticeships and to help to create new apprentice programs in nontraditional occupations. Diane’s responsibilities also include guiding the state’s labor market information (LMI) in which she has begun a re-tooling of the products and services offered by the LMI staff. Under her leadership, Pennsylvania was awarded a $6 million Workforce Innovation Fund grant from USDOL for the development of micro or mini credentials for targeted populations with barriers. Seven community colleges (six Achieving the Dream colleges and one other) and seven local workforce boards have been selected to participate in the development of these micro credentials.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth, she lead projects in grant development, organizational development and strategic planning for community colleges, associations, and nonprofits including serving as the initial executive director at Northampton Community College for the Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training grant round 4.
Diane served as the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges - a position she had held for more than 11 years. In that time, she led advocacy efforts and worked to increase the visibility of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges as well as spearheading the successful consortium application for a $20 million federal grant. Working closely with the Council of Presidents, she guided strategy and policy which enabled the Commission to achieve a number of key priorities. These accomplishments included a significant change in the funding structure, long sought articulation and transfer legislation, and a change in the state’s financial aid policy for community college students. Pennsylvania also joined Achieving the Dream during Diane’s tenure with seven colleges joining the national network and was the first state to agree to participate in AACC’s Voluntary Framework for Accountability.
Immediately prior to this position, Diane served as the chief executive officer for the Team PA Workforce Investment Board – the Commonwealth’s public-private board charged with overseeing the state’s substantial investment in workforce development. Additionally, she has held positions representing municipal governments on a variety of issues.
Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Mount Saint Mary’s University as well as specialized certifications in organizational management and organizational leadership.