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The People Powered Infrastructure Convening is an invitation-only meeting associated with NSC's premier state policy event, the Skills in the States Forum.

NSC’s People Powered Infrastructure Convening is made possible by funding from the Families and Workers Fund and Autodesk Foundation

Convening Details:


November 15, 2023 

1:00 – 5:00 pm  

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor 

Paca Room 

Wednesday, Nov. 15

1 - 1:15pm

Welcome and Grounding

Brooke DeRenzis, Chief Strategy Office, National Skills Coalition 

1:15 - 2:15pm

Building a diverse, multigenerational infrastructure and clean energy workforce  

and providing quality jobs: Lessons from state coalitions 


  • Lindsay Blumer, President & CEO, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) | BIG STEP 

  • Lisa Bly-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Jobs Council 

  • Richard Diaz, Water Infrastructure Organizer, BlueGreen Alliance 


Moderator: Brooke DeRenzis, Chief Strategy Officer, National Skills Coalition 

2:15 -2:45pm


2:45 - 3:15pm

Meeting the Moment: Opportunities and Resources

Remarks from: 

  • Rachel West, Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workers, Domestic Policy Council, The White House 

  • Sarah Mostafa, Program Director, Families & Workers Fund  

  • Melissa Johnson, Managing Director, State Strategies, National Skills Coalition 

3:15 - 4:15pm

Group Action Planning by Region

Patrick Mortiere, Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition 

4:15 - 4:30pm

Reflections and Conclusion 

Brooke DeRenzis, Chief Strategy Officer, National Skills Coalition

5 - 6pm

Optional Networking Reception

A reception will be held at the Pratt Street Ale House to encourage networking 

Infrastructure Resources

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