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Danielle Frazier named president and CEO at Charlotte Works
Interim leader succeeds Patrick Graham
Published Saturday, October 20, 2018 9:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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Danielle Frazier, the interim president and CEO at Charlotte Works, is now its permanent leader.

Frazier, who has been with the workforce initiative for 11 years, succeeds Patrick Graham, who resigned in June. She has held several positions with the nonprofit, which collaborates with businesses, government, schools and other nonprofits.

“I’m energized by Charlotte Works’ collaboration with industry and community partners to provide solutions to our workforce challenges,” Frazier said in a statement. “One of my favorite parts about this work is hearing the success stories of how we helped an individual gain skills, credentials, and a job making livable wages, despite facing multiple obstacles.”      

Frazier, 39, has been involved in Charlotte Works from youth programs director, accountability analyst, and chief operating officer as well as leading strategic planning,  program development and management.  

“Danielle is a dedicated leader known for strong workforce knowledge, development and execution for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community,” said Toya Del Valle, chair of Charlotte  Works  board of directors. “She is committed to the mission of Charlotte Works and has proven her ability to grow the organization with far-reaching community impact, inclusion initiatives and partnerships.”    

Highlights of Frazier’s time at Charlotte Works include:      

• Developing the first five-year strategic plan to provide career services for young adults.  

• Transforming youth programs to a career-pathway initiative for career-related employment.    

• Launching the Youth Business Connector, a free online tool that links employers and educators to provide real-world career experiences for students.  

• Leading development of NCWorks certified regional career pathways in manufacturing and health care.  

• Testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce about the health care career pathway collaboration with Atrium Health and its workforce partners.      

“To  be  a  part of such a critical piece of the puzzle to a thriving economy  — employment  —  is  amazing,”  Frazier  said.  “When  employers  express  how  our  services  connected  them  with  qualified candidates  or  how  we  assisted  in  increasing  skills  for  their  existing  talent,  those  are  the  moments  that  make  it  all  worthwhile.”


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