Earl Buford is CEO of Partner4Work, leader of the public workforce system for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. As CEO, Mr. Buford manages public and private funds to ensure that current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met.

Prior to June 2018, Mr. Buford served as President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee, where he was nationally recognized for the implementation and integration of a sector-based approach to workforce development. Mr. Buford also championed efforts to develop Midwest Urban Strategies, an unprecedented consortium of urban workforce boards united to build a supply-demand model to cultivate talent development and employer engagement. Prior to Employ Milwaukee, Mr. Buford was the longtime leader of Milwaukee-based WRTP/Big-Step, one of the first intermediaries in the country, which aimed at recruiting and building a diverse workforce in construction, manufacturing, and emerging sectors.

Mr. Buford is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he received a BA in History.

Mr. Buford currently serves on the Remake Learning Council.


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