27 CEOs Launch the New York Jobs CEO Council

Group to Collaborate with Educational Institutions to Prepare New Yorkers in Low-Income, Diverse Communities for the Future of Work Aims to Hire 100,000 New Yorkers by 2030, Including 25,000 CUNY Students Partnering with City University of New York (CUNY), the New York City Department of Education, HERE to HERE, CareerWise New York and local government to meet employer needs for skilled workers and connect untapped talent with in-demand jobs Dr. Gail Mellow to serve as Executive Director

CEOs from 27 of the largest employers in the New York area are launching the New York Jobs CEO Council. The new CEO-led, results-oriented coalition will collaborate with educational institutions, community organizations and nonprofits to hire skilled workers, meet employer needs and connect New Yorkers — with a focus on low-income and Black, Latinx and Asian communities — with the skills that they need for today’s and tomorrow’s workplace. The member organizations aim to hire 100,000 traditionally underserved New Yorkers by 2030, a goal which includes job opportunities and apprenticeships for 25,000 CUNY students.

The New York Jobs CEO Council will be led by Dr. Gail Mellow, who most recently served as President of LaGuardia Community College.

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“Access to quality education and training for in-demand jobs is key to creating economic opportunity for youth and workers in New York,” said Dr. Mellow. “Our mission is to ensure people in New York’s most vulnerable communities can access the skills that they need to pursue promising career pathways and benefit from the city’s economic recovery.”

“The COVID crisis highlighted a sad societal truth: underserved communities too often pay the highest price, and as we work to build back better from this virus, New York is confronting this injustice head on,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “The new initiative will play an important role connecting underserved communities with career resources and access to New York’s world-class educational institutions, helping ensure economic prosperity is a dream anyone can realize, no matter their zip code.”

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New York has the largest gross domestic product (GDP) of any Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the U.S. However, not all of the area’s residents are positioned to benefit from the city’s economy as it recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Even before the crisis, which has had a disproportionate impact on low-income Black, Latinx and Asian communities, unemployment in the Bronx was 85% higher than in Manhattan. At the same time, jobs in high demand have not been filled, with less than 400,000 unemployed workers but significantly more job openings in New York in 2018-2019.

By joining forces with local educational institutions, community organizations and nonprofits, the New York Jobs CEO Council members will use their collective resources, capital and network to scale proven employer solutions, build on successful models and share best practices to maximize the Jobs Council’s impact in creating pathways to stable careers for New Yorkers in low-income and diverse communities.

“The economic crisis brought on by COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on low-income communities of color, and our recovery starts with investing in them,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’m thankful the New York Jobs CEO Council is joining us to promote economic justice and provide opportunities for our City’s diverse workforce. Together, we will build back our economy fairer and stronger than ever before.”

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