Grant Associates Announces Marlena Sessions Appointed to Advisory Board

First Time National Association of Workforce Boards has Appointed a Service Provider

NEW YORK, NY – Today Grant Associates announced Marlena Sessions will be added to the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Board of Directors. The Board, comprised of individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the workforce system at the state and local level, provides strategic direction to NAWB to advance the interest of workforce boards nationally.

NAWB represents the approximately 550 Workforce Development Boards and their 12,000+ business members that coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with education and economic development stakeholders within their local communities, to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training programs meet the needs of employers. These investments in workforce development create a comprehensive system to provide America with a highly skilled workforce that competes in the global economy.

NAWB is the only national association that advocates for Workforce Development Boards. NAWB works closely with policy makers in Washington, DC to inform national strategy as it relates to the workforce boards and our partners in education, economic development, labor and business.

“We’re exceedingly proud that Marlena has been selected as the first NAWB Board member from a workforce service provider,” said Doug Cotter, President of Grant Associates. “Since joining our team last year, Marlena has been engaging with national leaders around some of the most pressing issues facing local economies and I’m confident those insights will make her a valuable addition to the NAWB Board.”

Ms. Sessions joined Grant Associates in 2017 as the Vice President of Public and Private Partnerships. In this newly created role, she is focused on engaging with community leaders across the country to create new solutions to effect positive change in the lives of those served by the workforce system. As a new NAWB Board member, Ms. Sessions will not only have an opportunity to share her 20-years of experience in the field with a national audience but will also have an opportunity to engage on the latest policy advances and best practices with fellow thought-leaders.
“I am deeply honored to join the NAWB Board,” said Ms. Sessions. “I’ve worked with the leadership on a number of occasions over the years and am looking forward to the opportunity to engage more fully in their important work on behalf of workforce development boards across the country.”


Grant Associates, Inc.
Grant Associates is a national, award-winning workforce development company that has become a trailblazer and a force for innovation in delivering workforce services nationally. A certified Woman-Owned Business, we have operated nearly 80 different programs in communities of all sizes that reflect our strength across the spectrum of workforce development: operating full-service One-Stops, sector-based initiatives, business centers, and programs that serve those on public assistance, as well as other targeted populations such as youth, justice-involved, veterans and the disabled. For more information visit: