Lisa Baragar Katz, founding executive director of the Workforce Intelligence Network, will leave the organization later this summer to oversee economic and entrepreneurial development grants and investments for the The William Davidson Foundation.
Katz has led WIN, a collaborative of the community colleges in the region and the MichiganWorks agencies aimed at responding to employment needs in the region, since its fall 2011 launch.
WIN provides labor market intelligence, strategy consulting and policy guidance to understand and address the skills gaps in a wide range of industries, including information technology, health care, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles.
Before WIN, Katz served as director of strategic partnerships and development for the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. In that role, she worked with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration on its entrepreneurship strategy for the state and with the Midwest Governors Association to support venture capital investment in clean energy. She was named among Crain’s 40 under 40 in 2012 for her accomplishments.
Katz also held prior roles with the Detroit Regional Chamber, Research Data Analysis, Public Sector Consultants and the Michigan Department of Management and Budget.
As senior program officer for economic vitality and entrepreneurship at the Davidson Foundation, Katz will lead the design and implementation of the foundation’s philanthropic investments in economic and entrepreneurial development, working to stimulate new business creation and job growth in Southeast Michigan. She will also be charged with helping to further the development and stewardship of similar activities in Israel.