As Senior Project Manager for the Center for Professional Studies (CPS), Bernie is responsible for the management of all grants and contractual relationships. He is the primary contact for client relationships working to develop and maintain proposals in accordance with specifications. He is responsible for administrative oversight of all grant awards and works to develop partnerships within the workforce system to develop creative methodologies for grant acquisition.
Bernie most recently served as the Program Administrator for the Governor's Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) responsible for grant administration, industry initiative training, and serving as the interface for Maryland's workforce system. In that position, Bernie worked directly with staff at the local workforce level, developing strong relationships related to training and grant/contract development. He also served as the grant administration for the Maryland Energy Sector Partnership, a green jobs training initiatives funded through a $5.8 million grant from the US Department of Labor. During his time at GWIB, Bernie organized and managed of three industry sector initiatives: Energy, Bioscience, and Hospitality and Tourism. In this position he worked with over 200 leaders from business, state and local government, education, organized labor, and non-profit organizations to determine the root case for specific industry skill shortages and to develop strategies for Maryland to address these critical skill shortages. He also authored Maryland's Energy Industry Workforce Report in 2009, focusing on Maryland's green economy.
Prior to joining GWIB, Bernie was executive vice president for the Retail Bakers of America, a national trade association. His background includes strategic planning, education and training, certification, apprenticeship, program accreditation, membership development, convention management, and board and volunteer relations. He has a BA from Jacksonville University.